In the past, getting a cavity filled meant having a conspicuous, silvery blob placed on your tooth. Well, luckily those days are long gone. Nowadays, at Tarpon Shores Dental, we use a more advanced method of addressing cavities with tooth-colored fillings. As a result, you can rest assured that no one will be able to tell that you had a cavity there to begin with!
Traditional amalgam fillings consist of a metal compound of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. In contrast, tooth-colored fillings are completely metal free. Instead, they use composite resin, a material that combines dental plastic with fine ceramic particles. This flexible and biocompatible material can be colored to match your tooth’s enamel and bonds very well with your tooth’s natural structure, providing added strength after decay.
In addition to the obvious benefit of having a more aesthetic appearance, tooth-colored fillings have many advantages over amalgam fillings, including the following:
When one of our experienced dentists has found tooth decay, you will need to get a tooth-colored filling. This process goes as follows:
Every kind of dental work includes upkeep. However, tooth-colored fillings require the same exact care that you need to give your natural teeth, specifically brushing and flossing daily and visiting our Englewood office twice a year for checkups and cleanings. Although these three tasks alone can make your fillings last a long time, you can provide extra protection against tooth decay by doing the following as well:
At Tarpon Shores Dental, we are committed to giving you the best care that dentistry has to offer, and when it comes to treating cavities, tooth-colored fillings do just that. Our skilled, compassionate team can make all the difference in your dental experience. We look forward to serving you and helping you get back to good oral health. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!