In the past, if a patient needed to have a cavity repaired, a dentist would use an amalgam filling to do it. These fillings are very strong and durable because of the properties of the mercury, silver, tin, zinc and copper in it. However, amalgam fillings have some very distinct drawbacks, namely that they leave a large gray mark on a tooth and can make it more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. This is why, at Tindal Prosthodontics, we now only use tooth-colored fillings in Sarasota.
Tooth-colored fillings are made of a composite resin material—a compound of ceramic and plastic—that can be specially shaded to perfectly match the color of a patient’s enamel, helping the filling practically disappear inside the mouth. Although composite resin takes a little more time to place than amalgam, it is significantly less noticeable. Plus, because composite is more flexible than amalgam, Dr. Tindal can use small, conservative fillings that preserve more of a patient’s natural dental structure. This, in turn, helps the repaired tooth last much longer.
Tooth-colored fillings have many advantages over their amalgam counterparts, including the following:
After applying a local anesthetic to numb the area, Dr. Tindal removes the decayed parts from the tooth and cleans out the cavity to make sure no debris or bacteria are still there. Then the composite resin is applied in layers, and each layer is hardened or cured by a special light. Finally your dentist in Sarasota shapes the filling, trims off excess material, and polishes the final result. Overall, the process is quick and painless for the patient and provides an appealing result.
Caring for fillings is no different than the care you should take to prevent cavities in the first place. With or without fillings, you need to do the following:
In just one quick visit to Tindal Prosthodontics, you could enjoy your healthy, natural-looking smile again with tooth-colored fillings. To learn more about your restorative options or schedule an appointment, contact us today.