It’s inevitable for most adults: At some point in your life, you will likely have a cavity that needs a filling. Cavities occur when bacteria in your mouth metabolize sugars from food you eat. The bacteria then produce acid which damages the teeth and cause “cavities.”
Historically, the only material used to fix a cavity was silver amalgam. While silver amalgam can last for a very long time, it is not very esthetic. Today, tooth-colored or composite fillings are available that can restore your tooth to health and function while matching the color of your teeth.
Dr. Richard Mancuso of Carrollwood Village Dental offers tooth-colored fillings for patients who need to have a cavity treated.
The Advantages of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Composite fillings, or tooth-colored fillings, are made of a mixture of tiny particles in a resin medium. Because they match the color of your tooth, they blend right in with your natural teeth. If you talk or laugh—even with your mouth wide open—no one will be able to tell you have any fillings because they blend in so seamlessly.
Another advantage of tooth-colored fillings is their versatility. If you have a cavity toward the front of your mouth, which is more readily visible, getting it filled with composite means that it will blend in with the rest of your teeth.
In addition, if you have a tooth that is chipped or broken, tooth-colored fillings can also be used to fix it. Again, it will blend in so well with the rest of your teeth, it will be unnoticeable.
A major benefit of tooth colored fillings vs silver amalgam is that much less natural tooth is removed during placement of a tooth colored filling; so it is a much more conservative treatment option.
How to Care for Composite Fillings
There is no special care required for your tooth-colored filling. Just continue to follow good oral hygiene practices, including brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. Make sure to see your dentist twice annually for regular examinations and cleanings because you can still get cavities around teeth with fillings.
Very rarely patients experience tooth sensitivity after the filling is placed. This is perfectly normal and will almost always resolve itself within a short period of time. Your dentist will discuss your personalized treatment plan with you in detail and answer all of your questions.
Learn More About Tooth-Colored Fillings
If you need a tooth filled, contact Carrollwood Village Dental for more information on tooth-colored fillings. We look forward to seeing you!
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