Tooth-Colored Fillings – Melbourne, FL
Make Your Cavities Disappear
In the past, silver amalgam (sometimes simply called amalgam) was the primary material that dentists used to fill in cavities. While amalgam proved to be affective at stopping tooth decay, time has shown that it has some serious disadvantages. Not only does its dark color clash with the natural color of teeth, but it could even cause oral health issues. At Dental Excellence Melbourne, we do not want our patients to have to put up with the downsides of silver amalgam. That is why we offer tooth-colored fillings. They provide an aesthetically pleasing, healthful way to address cavities.
What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin. The resin contains fine particles of plastic and glass. It is the same material that is used for cosmetic dental bonding. Your dentist in Melbourne is able to shade-match the resin so that it blends in well with the surrounding dental structure. Thus, tooth-colored fillings are practically invisible once they are in place.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
The most obvious benefit of tooth-colored fillings is, of course, their subtle color. However, that is only the beginning of the perks they offer. Additional advantages include:
- They bond with the tooth. This creates a tight seal that stops tooth decay in its tracks. It also means that only minimal tooth preparation is required. This is in stark contrast to amalgam fillings, which simply “sit” in a cavity, meaning that a dentist may have to remove healthy tooth structure to make room for them. They may also allow bacteria to sneak in around their edges.
- They are metal-free. Amalgam fillings contain a mix of metals, and they are about 50 percent mercury, which is a known toxic material. Tooth-colored fillings are much more biocompatible.
- They will not stain your teeth. Amalgam fillings have been known to cause permanent gray discoloration on the surrounding enamel. Tooth-colored fillings do not have this issue.
- They will not increase dental sensitivity. Metal fillings are great at conducting temperatures, which means they can irritate the nearby dentition when you consume hot or cold items. Tooth-colored fillings are free from this problem.
How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?
The process for placing tooth-colored fillings is fairly simple and quick. It requires only one appointment, which usually takes less than an hour. First, our team will make sure that you are comfortable. We usually numb the tooth that requires a filling, but if the cavity is fairly shallow, local anesthesia may not be necessary. Then, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing the decayed tissue. Next, the composite resin is inserted into the cavity, and a special light hardens it in a matter of seconds. Last, your dentist files the edge of the filling so it will not interfere with your bite and so that it looks as natural as possible.
Do you believe you need a filling? Our team will be happy to help you! Contact us to learn more about the treatments we provide or to request a restorative consultation.