Composite Fillings (Tooth-Colored Fillings)

Cavities are caused by excess sugars or acids in the mouth.  Lifestyle choices largely determine the frequency or likeihood of suffering from cavities or tooth decay.  We strongly recommend daily brushing and flossing, along with good diet choices, hydration, and rinsing habits as preventative measures against both cavities and gum disease.  Viewing our oral health page is a good place to start.

A dental filling is used to prevent further decay to damaged teeth.  There are several types of fillings to choose from, depending on what your dentist finds most suitable for your needs.  Some of these are silver or amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings, gold amalgam, and glass.  Here at East Orlando Dental, we treat our patients with the most common fillings you'll find: Composite and silver fillings.

Silver fillings are a tide and true classic.  They are made from silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. The great thing about these fillings is that they are the most affordable option.  They tend to last longer than composite fillings also.  One of the best things about a silver filling is that its metals neutralize potentially threatening bacteria, making the likelihood of a returning cavity smaller.  However, they are less aesthetically pleasing than composite fillings, and for this reason, many dentists are starting to stray away from this filling option.   

Composite resin fillings are durable acrylic similar in color to natural teeth. Because the composite fillings are tooth-colored, they look more natural and are less noticeable compared to other types of fillings.  These fillings are compatible with sealants, allowing your dentist to perform both procedures in a single sitting and thus preventing further decay. Another advantage to composite is its ability to bond to tooth structures. In many cases, these fillings can be repaired by the addition of more composite material.

Doctor Morales would be pleased to assist you in choosing the best filling option for your individual needs.  Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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