Dental Fillings in Orlando
At Elite Dentistry
At Elite Dentistry, we specialize in tooth-colored composite fillings in Orlando. Whether you believe you may have a cavity and think you need a new filling or you’re interested in replacing old, worn-out metal amalgam fillings, Dr. Mark Ashy is here to help. Come in for a consultation today to learn how we can repair cavities with beautiful, natural-looking composite fillings!
What Are The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Tooth-colored composite fillings have a number of benefits. First, they are much more aesthetically-pleasing. You’ll get better cosmetic results with a composite filling compared to an amalgam filling. This is because we can match the color of your filling to your tooth, ensuring a seamless result. In contrast, metal amalgam fillings have a grayish appearance that discolors your tooth.
In addition, tooth-colored fillings have some benefits for your dental health. They bond very tightly to your tooth, which strengthens it and ensures it can stand up to the force of repeated chewing. Tooth-colored fillings also require the removal of less enamel compared to metal fillings.
Finally, tooth-colored fillings are free of mercury. While the mercury in metal amalgam fillings has been shown to be safe, the fact remains that mercury is a toxic substance, and some patients are not comfortable with having mercury in their mouths. Whether you need a new filling or want an old metal amalgam filling replaced, Elite Dentistry is here to help.
How Do I Know If I Should Get My Amalgam Filling Replaced?
Some patients do opt to have metal fillings removed proactively. However, in most cases, there is no need to replace an amalgam filling unless it has failed, or it’s showing signs of failure. If you suspect that your amalgam filling may be failing, there are a few things you should look out for.
You may notice increased sensitivity near the affected tooth, which could indicate that the process of tooth decay has begun underneath the filling. Your filling may also look visibly worn-down or look like it has pulled away from the tooth somewhat.
The best way to know if you need to replace your filling is with an oral exam at Elite Dentistry. The early signs of filling failure can be nearly impossible to detect on your own. Regular six-month appointments allow us to track the integrity of your fillings, and know when they need to be replaced.
The Filling Replacement Process
We use SMART (Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique) practices when removing your metal amalgam filling to prevent exposure to this toxic substance. The process will begin by cutting the old filling into chunks using a dental drill. These pieces will be removed to expose the underlying tooth material.
Once your filling has been removed, it will need to be replaced. Dr. Ashy will prepare your tooth, select a tooth-colored composite material, and apply it to rebuild the structure of your tooth. After your filling has been built and shaped, your bite will be checked. If everything looks good, you’ll be sent home with your brand-new, tooth-colored filling.