In the past, the best restoration method for a cavity was amalgam fillings. Although durable, this dark, silvery material doesn’t exactly present an aesthetic solution for your teeth. That’s why at Tarpon Shores we use tooth-colored fillings, which blend in seamlessly with your tooth enamel and look completely natural. With this type of filling, you can feel confident that no one will ever know that you had tooth decay to begin with and that your smile will regain its strong, healthy glow.
Unlike amalgam, which consists of a compound of mercury, silver, tin, and copper, tooth-colored fillings are completely free of metal. They are made of a material called composite resin, which comprises dental plastic and fine ceramic materials. As a result, composite resin is very flexible and biocompatible, bonding well to natural tooth structure. Composite resin also comes in multiple shades, so it can nearly match your tooth enamel and practically disappear.
In addition to being much more inconspicuous than amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings have many benefits, including the following:
After Dr. Shanaka identifies tooth decay, your cavity needs to be filled. The process of doing so goes as follows:
In order for your fillings to serve you well for a long time, they require some upkeep. Luckily, taking care of your tooth-colored fillings resembles the care you give your natural teeth. Brushing and flossing daily on your own, in addition to coming to our dental office for dental checkups and cleanings twice every year, help to make sure that your tooth-colored fillings last for many years down the road.
At Tarpon Shores Dental, we are dedicated to putting and keeping a healthy, confident smile on your face! Come see the difference our team can make in your dental experience. Schedule an appointment with us today!