In the past, and in some practices today, dentists have used a material known as silver amalgam to address areas of dental decay. Because silver amalgam fillings are made of approximately 50% mercury, we choose not to use this material. Patients who want to visit a mercury-free dentist who more aesthetic fillings made from composite resin bonding materials are encouraged to book an evaluation with Dr. Trevor Williams at Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry,in Brandon, FL.
What are fillings used for?
After patients are diagnosed with a cavity, they will need to repair the tooth by placing a filling. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed by the dentist. The remaining space is then filled with a filling. While other dental practices may use silver amalgam, we provide an alternative called composite resin bonding. This material fills in the cavity while ensuring safety and aesthetics.
Why choose composite resin fillings?
White fillings are considered because they are:
- Safer – composite resin is a material that is safe and biocompatible with the body
- More aesthetic – because the resin material is white, it blends in with the natural tooth and is difficult to distinguish from tooth enamel
- Better protection from infection – silver amalgam fillings expand and contract with temperature changes and can cause cracks in your enamel. Composite resin does not expand and contract and offers an effective seal against bacteria.
How long does it take to place dental fillings?
The placement of dental fillings can be done in the dentist’s chair quickly, within ten minutes in most situations. Patients are kept comfortable with the use of proper sedation and anesthetics during the procedure.
Considering white fillings?
By working with a mercury-free dentist, patients in Brandon, FL can improve their smile’s health and function without unsightly or dangerous materials. Dr. Trevor Williams and his team often recommend composite resin fillings for cosmetics and safety. If you live in the community or surrounding areas and want to learn more about white dental fillings for cavities, contact Williams Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today by calling (813) 560-0447. Our Brandon, FL office also serves the communities of Valrico, Riverview, Lithia, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center, Plant City and Tampa.
If you have a decayed tooth with a cavity, you would need a filling to protect the tooth and prevent further damage. Your dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and use a filling made of a suitable material.
Pain in teeth that increases when biting and chewing, sensitivity when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods and beverages, and visible holes (pits) and brown, black, or white spots on teeth are signs of cavities.
Many dentists continue to use silver amalgam fillings despite being known as harmful to health (Toxic mercury accounts for 50 percent of these fillings.). However, we use composite resin fillers, which are safer, look more like natural teeth, and provide more protection from infections.
A filling can last three to ten years or even longer with proper hygiene and care. However, it needs regular examination by your dentist to ensure it is free of trouble. See your dentist as soon as possible if you notice any discoloration, chipping, or other changes under the filling. These may be signs of filling breakdown, requiring replacement.
Your tooth may feel a little sensitive after it is filled. This is normal and may last for a day or two after treatment.