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Gone are the days of flashing a mouth full of silver after having your cavities filled. Over the decades, advances in dental technology have delivered aesthetically pleasing materials that can restore your teeth with a more natural look. From the office of your Miami Lakes, FL dentists at Allure Smile Center, here is some information about fillings.
The most popular alternative to silver amalgam fillings are composite fillings, made from a mixture of acrylic resin and glass. Glass ionomer fillings are another common option. Both are types of cosmetic fillings, meaning that they harden into a tooth-colored material and are virtually invisible compared to your natural teeth.
Depending on your specific needs, composite and glass ionomer materials may be used together or alone to complete your cosmetic filling.
Benefits of cosmetic fillings include:
Pleasing appearance: Once your filling is complete, it will look completely natural and won’t be noticeable when you speak or smile.
Minimal preparation: Compared to traditional amalgam fillings, cosmetic fillings may require less of the healthy tooth structure to be removed before placement.
Prevent decay: For patients at high risk of decay, glass ionomer releases a small amount of fluoride for extra protection.
Maintain tooth health: Cosmetic fillings work wonderfully for small or medium-sized cavities. Most of the healthy tooth structure can be preserved, and the material serves to hold that structure tightly together to prevent further decay or fracture.
Avoid metal allergens: For those who are allergic to the metals used in traditional amalgam fillings, cosmetic fillings can restore the teeth without risk of an allergic reaction.
Build up tooth structure: Composite material is also used for a procedure called bonding, which fills in minor gaps, chips, or worn areas of the teeth for better function and appearance.
Miami Lakes, FL Dentist
Patients today have many options for fillings and cosmetic dental restorations. Talk with your Miami Lakes, FL dentist at Allure Smile Center about whether cosmetic fillings are a good choice for you. Call (305) 827-9148 orrequest your appointment online.
Getting a cavity filled is a very common procedure to undergo. Fillings are performed at dentist's offices all over the world. While silver amalgam fillings have been the standard for many years, Allure Smile Center, a dentist's office in Miami Lakes, Florida, also offers cosmetic, tooth-colored fillings to treat decay and damage with a more natural look. Here we answer some of the common questions about cosmetic fillings.
What is a cosmetic filling?
A filling does what its name implies: it fills in an area of a tooth that has been lost to decay or trauma. The material used for the filling stops the formation of more decay. When left unchecked, decay can lead to infection, more invasive procedures, and possibly the loss of the affected tooth.
Treating the tooth with a metallic composite known as silver amalgam is the traditional way of filling a cavity. While amalgam restores health and function to the teeth, it is dark in color and can be distracting. For this reason, many patients at Allure Smile Center opt for cosmetic fillings. These are made of a combination of plastic materials and glass, giving them a white color to match the rest of the natural teeth.
Where in the mouth are cosmetic fillings placed?
If decay or trauma has affected a tooth that is visible when you smile, Dr. Ama Maderal Cozad will often recommend a cosmetic filling to her Miami Lakes patients. This arrests the process of decay while maintaining a seamless appearance, as the resin material blends in very well. Cosmetic fillings can be placed on any of the teeth, although amalgam is more durable and therefore the preferred material for molars due to the amount of chewing force that they sustain.
How is a cosmetic filling performed?
Regardless of the material used, fillings are placed by your Miami Lakes dentist by clearing away the decayed area with a small hand-held tool. The filling material - amalgam or resin - is then applied to the area and shaped into place. Resin fillings will need to be polished in order to match the tooth. With your comfort in mind, the area will be fully anesthetized before any work is done.
If you think one or more of your teeth might benefit from a cosmetic filling, contact Allure Smile Center in Miami Lakes for a consultation.