Composite Fillings for a Natural-Looking Smile
If left untreated, small cavities or minor dental damage can progress into more complex problems. Fortunately, dental fillings can repair these areas and reduce the risk for future damage. At Trident Family Dentistry, Dr. Mileidis Pena Marro places tooth-colored composite fillings that blend in with your natural teeth for optimal aesthetics.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Traditional amalgam fillings are comprised of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. Because these restorations are metallic in color, they are noticeable when you smile. Composite fillings, on the other hand, boast a wide array of advantages over their traditional counterparts. For example:
Many individuals have concerns about the mercury content in amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are incredibly safe, and are comprised of medical-grade resin. As a result, many patients decide to replace their old amalgam restorations with composite fillings.
Am I a Candidate?
Eligibility for dental fillings will be determined by the amount of damage present and how much healthy tooth structure is remaining. Generally, good candidates for fillings have mild to moderate decay or damage. If you have significant damage or an infected tooth, you may require alternative treatments, such as a dental crown or root canal therapy. During a consultation at Truedent Family Dentistry, Dr. Pena Marro can determine whether dental fillings are right for you.
To assess the amount of damage, your doctor performs a visual assessment of the teeth, gums, and supporting bone. X-rays or scans are necessary as well, to determine the extent of the problem. If the damage is mild and does not expand into the pulp chamber, then a filling will likely be the ideal treatment.
Composite Fillings Treatment Process
In most cases, placement of a dental filling can be performed in just a single office visit. Here’s what to expect during the process:
- Anesthesia: Before beginning your treatment. Dr. Pena Marro administers local anesthesia to numb the affected tooth and surrounding tissues.
- Tooth preparation: Special dental instruments are then used to remove damaged portions of the tooth and prepare it for the filling.
- Placement of the filling: The void left behind is filled with composite resin material. Dr. Pena Marro will choose a shade that matches your natural teeth.
- Curing: Once the material has been placed, it is then hardened with a dental curing light.
- Final adjustments: Lastly, your doctor checks your bite and assesses your tooth for any rough or jagged edges. Any necessary adjustments are made.
After your appointment, you may notice slight sensitivity to heat or cold. These side effects are normal, and should diminish within a few days. Any discomfort can also be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
Contact Our Miami, FL Practice
To find out if composite fillings could help improve your oral health, schedule a consultation at our Miami, FL practice. You can contact us online or give us a call at (786) 847-0123.
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