Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings Coral Gables, FL

If you experience discomfort, pain or an increased sensitivity in a concentrated area of a teeth. then you should visit your dentist because you might need a tooth filling treatment. Some of the symptoms are felt, others are seen. The ones you can feel includes: sensitivity to certain temperatures, to pressure, or to sweet foods, also sudden or throbbing pain when biting or chewing. The ones visible includes: Dark spots on your teeth, A hole you can see or feel in your teeth, Food that always gets stuck between certain teeth, When your floss tears in a certain spot, A rough, chipped or broken tooth, A broken or lost filling.

Dr. Peggy Alvarez can help you get rid of the pain and restore your teeth keeping its natural looking, by applying the composite or tooth-colored fillings that are able to mimic your own natural teeth color. For more information about our High quality long-lasting composite fillings. please call us today at (305) 548-8690. We look forward to working with you to improve your oral health!

What is Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a dental treatment used to restore the function, integrity and structure of a tooth. They are made from a range of materials such as: gold or silver, composite resin, porcelain, or an amalgam of several metals. Dental filling procedures are most commonly used to treat cavities.

Types of Fillings?

Composite resins or tooth-colored fillings, are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth.

Dental amalgam, sometimes described as "silver-colored" fillings, is made from a combination of metals that include mercury, silver, tin, and copper. Dental amalgam has been used for generations by dentists. Amalgam is very durable and more affordable than tooth-colored or gold fillings; however tooth-colored materials are more natural looking. 

Gold fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are composed of an alloy of gold, copper and other metals. Gold has been used in dentistry for more than 1,000 years due to its durability; however, gold is more costly than amalgam and not natural looking like tooth-colored fillings.

Ceramic fillings, a ceramic cavity filling (usually made of porcelain) is tooth-colored, and it may be less likely to show tooth stains over time than a composite cavity filling. But price is a factor—a ceramic filling can be nearly as expensive as a gold cavity filling.

Glass ionomer fillings, this blend of acrylic and glass is used to create a cavity filling that releases fluoride to help protect teeth. But a glass ionomer cavity filling is less durable than other types, and may need to be replaced in as little as five years.

What To Expect From A Dental Filling For Treating Cavities??

First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument or laser will be used to remove the decayed area. Then, the dentist will probe or test the area during the decay removal process to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been removed, your dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. After your dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers. Next, a special light that "cures" or hardens each layer is applied. When the multilayering process is completed, your dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material and polish the final restoration.

Dental Fillings Care

To maintain your dental fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices - visiting your dentist regularly for cleanings, brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste and flossing at least once daily.

If your tooth is extremely sensitive, if you feel a sharp edge, if you notice a crack in the filling, or if a piece of the filling is missing, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile! .