Cavities, one of the most common dental problems, are created when bacteria attacks your dental enamel. In the past, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which is a combination of metals, like silver or mercury. Now we know that amalgam fillings do not adhere very well with the teeth, and the mercury can be dangerous to your overall health. At SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach, our dental professionals offer tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. We can also remove old metal fillings and replace them with tooth-colored fillings for a safer and better-looking cavity treatment.
Tooth-colored fillings usually cover the decayed area in the tooth after it has been treated. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to address other issues with your teeth, including cracks or excessive wear on the enamel due to teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the composite resin is colored to match your natural teeth, fillings can be used on both the front and back teeth for a seamless finish. If you have metal fillings, talk to our team at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach about having them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
What To Expect
Receiving a tooth-colored filling at SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach is usually a simple procedure. The area surrounding the cavity will be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort. Other forms of sedation can be discussed if you have any fears or anxieties to help keep you relaxed during the procedure. After you are prepared, the infected enamel is cleared away with a dental drill that will be selected based on where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. After the enamel is treated and the tooth is cleaned, the area will be filled with the composite resin and set. The filling material will also be polished so that it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.
You should be able to return to your normal day after your filling is complete, but you might experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures for 1 – 3 days. You may take over-the-counter pain medication to treat discomfort, but you should not have any major issues. If after a few days the filling feels high or uneven, please contact our office. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean by following a proper at-home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. At your annual exam, we will assess your filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for cavities that are usually covered partially by dental insurance. A member of our team will contact your insurance company to determine your exact coverage before calculating your bill. If you do not have insurance, we can discuss the payments accepted by our office during your consultation, as well as medical financing options.
Cavities may start as a small issue, but it is important to have them corrected before they become a bigger issue. At SEDA Dental of North Miami Beach in North Miami Beach, FL, tooth decay and cavities can be corrected with composite resin fillings. Our dental professionals match the color of your natural teeth so you receive a healthy, attractive smile. If you suspect you or a family member has a cavity, contact our office to schedule an exam.