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 Good News About Tooth-Colored Fillings
The primary advantage most of our patients appreciate is that composite fillings match the color of the tooth they are restoring. These tooth-colored restorations are made of a mixture of tiny particles in a resin medium. Your dentist can make the filling to blend in perfectly with your tooth.
Another advantage of tooth-colored fillings is their versatility. If you have a cavity toward the front of your mouth, which is visible when you smile, 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 in a process referred to as cosmetic bonding. This quick procedure will result in a repair to your tooth that is entirely unnoticeable.
A major benefit of tooth-colored fillings versus 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 keep following good oral hygiene practices, including brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Avoid sweet treats and beverages to help keep tooth decay to a minimum.
Don't skip routine dental appointments just because you aren't having any issues with your oral health. Prevention is key, and seeing your dentist regularly means he can find problems while they are still small.
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 suspect you have a cavity, or if you have an old amalgam filling you would like to have replaced, contact Carrollwood Village Dental for more information on tooth-colored fillings. We look forward to seeing you!