Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings in Orlando, FL

Hearing that you have a cavity can be surprising and concerning, but you don't have to worry about a metallic filling marring your smile. At Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we're committed to dental care using the most advanced dental materials and technologies to enhance your smile, not detract from it. That's why we recommend tooth-colored composite fillings that resolve tooth cavities in Orlando and look completely natural.

Since many still have problematic silver amalgam fillings in their teeth, Dr. Gary Michaelson encourages you to replace them with custom tinted tooth-colored fillings.

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What Causes Dental Cavities?

Plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth can be a serious threat to your oral health. When these bacteria build up, they create plaque, a colorless, sticky substance that eats into your tooth enamel. If you consume sugary foods and drinks, the bacteria proliferate and produce an acid that begins to erode your tooth enamel. The results are tooth decay which, if allowed to go unabated, forms tiny holes in your teeth called cavities.

Our goal is always to uncover cavities early, hopefully at your six-month dental visit, so we can treat them least invasively. But an unchecked cavity can worsen gum disease and eventually contribute to tooth loss. The good news is that we can arrest dental decay and protect your tooth from further damage with either a dental sealant or a tooth-colored composite filling.

How to Tell If You Have a Tooth Cavity

Unfortunately, you may have a cavity without knowing it right away because it doesn't hurt until the decay has reached inside your tooth, where it affects your nerves. The signs you may have a cavity are:

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Dull ache when eating sweets
  • Pain when you bite
  • Discolored tooth
  • Visible holes in the tooth

If you see any of these signs, you should contact our dental office. We'll perform a visual exam and take an x-ray of your teeth to determine how far the cavity has reached through the tooth's enamel.

If the cavity is in its early stages, we can treat the tooth's chewing surfaces with a dental sealant and monitor it at future dental exams. However, if the cavity has progressed, Dr. Michaelson will treat the area with a tooth-colored filling.

Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings Compared to Silver Amalgam

For decades, dentists chose silver fillings for teeth that needed to withstand significant chewing force, such as molars. However, after years of clinical use, we now understand that amalgam teeth fillings have numerous drawbacks. Here are a few ways where the two options differ significantly:

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  • The composite resin material in tooth-colored fillings bonds directly to your tooth surfaces.
  • Amalgam fillings are packed into the prepared space without really attaching to a tooth, which may cause it to eventually separate from the tooth.

 

  • Tooth-colored fillings are effective even when much of the tooth structure has been lost or compromised.
  • Metal fillings may wear down or become leaky, exposing your inner tooth to cavity-causing bacteria.

 

  • The composite resin material expands and contracts at the same rate as your tooth, minimizing the risk of tooth fracture.
  • A characteristic of metals is they expand and contract with temperature changes. Over the years, this subtle movement can cause tooth fracture or even complete breakage.

 

  • Composite fillings are aesthetically pleasing and blend in seamlessly with their natural teeth.
  • The color of silver fillings detracts from your smile and can get darker or show through enamel over time.

Learn More About Treating Cavities in Orlando, FL

Are you interested in having your silver fillings replaced or learning more about state-of-the-art tooth-colored fillings? Please call our Orlando dental office, and we will be happy to arrange a convenient appointment with Dr. Michaelson.

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