Tooth-colored Fillings: Seamless Restoration for Your Smile 

Did you know that cavities affect almost 100 percent of adults? After we eat, residual acid and bacteria form plaque. If plaque continues to develop, it degrades tooth enamel and results in a cavity. Dr. David J. Ross and Dr. Karen M. Schmitt use tooth-colored fillings at their Oviedo, FL, practice to fill cavities, repairing damage to the tooth and preventing further decay. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend with your tooth, do not expand or contract, and contain no mercury. 

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tooth-colored fillingBenefits of Tooth-colored Fillings

Our goal is to ensure that our patients receive the most innovative care currently available. For this reason, we use only tooth-colored fillings (also called composite fillings). Our dentists will match your filling to the natural color and shape of your tooth. After cleaning the cavity, the doctor will replace the missing portion of your tooth with the composite material.

Tooth-colored fillings provide many benefits:

  • Tooth-colored fillings are aesthetically pleasing, blending seamlessly with your smile for beautiful results. In fact, the materials used in tooth-colored fillings are sometimes used for bonding, a purely cosmetic treatment. Amalgam (metal) fillings, conversely, are dark gray in color and appear conspicuous and unnatural.
  • Tooth-colored fillings are durable: they chemically bond to the tooth, eliminating the need to place grooves or pins, while restoring 85 to 95 percent of the original strength of the tooth. If damaged, tooth-colored fillings can be repaired, while damaged amalgam fillings often need to be entirely replaced.
  • Tooth-colored fillings require less removal of dental tissue.
  • Tooth-colored fillings harden in seconds, while amalgam fillings can take many days to harden.
  • Amalgam fillings expand and contract when exposed to heat and cold, which can cause cracks and fractures of the teeth. These fluctuations do not occur in tooth-colored fillings.
  • Amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury. Many patients feel more comfortable with tooth-colored, mercury-free fillings.

Fillings help patients prevent more serious oral health problems. If left untreated, a cavity will continue to erode the tooth, requiring more complex restorative treatments such as root canal therapy, dental crowns, or even tooth extraction. Because cavities do not always produce noticeable symptoms, it is extremely important to receive regular dental checkups.

Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings blend with your tooth, do not expand or contract, and contain no mercury.

Placing the Filling

Fillings are called "direct restorations," because they can be applied immediately. Conversely, treatments such as crowns are considered indirect because they must be custom-crafted and placed during a later appointment. A filling is a simple treatment that we complete in just one visit. First, your dentist will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic. Next, the dentist will remove the decayed tissue. Once the treatment site is dry, it is filled with composite material matched to the color of your tooth. Your dentist will harden the material with a curing light and polish it to achieve a smooth, natural-looking surface.  

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Tooth-colored fillings are just one example of the innovative treatments and high-quality materials we administer at Alafaya Family Dentistry. We are committed to maintaining your family's dental health and well-being. For additional information about tooth-colored fillings, or to make an appointment for a dental checkup, please contact us today.

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