Dental Fillings

Most patients will develop a cavity at some point in their lifetime and it is important to get treatment as soon as possible. At Mangrove Bay Dentistry we offer affordable and effective dental fillings to treat your cavity and restore your healthy smile.

When you come in for your twice yearly dental exam or teeth cleaning, our experienced staff will take a thorough look at all your teeth to find signs of dental decay. This will help ensure that any cavities are discovered and can be treated before they cause significant damage.

What Is A Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a common dental treatment that replaces, or fills in, a portion of your tooth lost to tooth decay. Traditionally, dental fillings were crafted from precious metals, but more modern dental fillings are often created with a special composite resin. This resin is expertly molded to the shape of your tooth, ensuring a comfortable fit.

The composite resin used for dental fillings comes in a range of natural shades, and Dr. Tran can expertly select the color that matches your surrounding tooth structure. When you smile and laugh, others will not see your fillings, and in fact, you will not see them even when you look closely in a mirror. Composite resin is our recommended choice for dental fillings because of its natural-looking appearance, and because it bonds with your tooth stronger than metal. It can strengthen your weakened tooth more effectively than silver amalgam and last a very long time.

What Is The Dental Filling Process?

If a dental cavity is found, a simple tooth-colored composite filling is usually all that is needed to treat the tooth and restore its function and appearance. Composite fillings can be done relatively quickly and without pain, using local anesthetic. The decayed part of the tooth is gently removed by our dentist and the tooth is treated to eliminate bacteria where the composite filling will be bonded. The filling material is then packed into the cavity and shaped to restore the shape of your tooth. The composite is cured (hardened) with a light that bonds it permanently to the tooth. Before you go home, Dr. Tran will check your bite to make sure your filling provides an optimal occlusal contact with the opposing teeth and will be comfortable when you bite and chew. He will then finely polish the filling and tooth structure to make any needed adjustments.

Porcelain Inlays & Onlays

There are cases where Dr. Tran may recommend a porcelain inlay or onlay instead of a composite filling. A porcelain inlay or onlay is sometimes used to fill a larger cavity or to repair a cracked tooth that is not decayed. An inlay fits within the grooves of the cusps of a tooth. An onlay is a larger restoration that fits within the grooves but also wraps over the tops of the cusps, covering more tooth surface.

Highly durable porcelain fillings in the form of dental inlays and onlays can be custom made in our partnering dental lab. If you select one of these high-quality filling materials, your tooth will be prepped, an impression made, and a temporary filling placed while the lab creates your customized restoration. At a second appointment, the temporary filling will be removed, and your inlay or onlay will be bonded to the tooth.

Understanding Dental Decay

Cavities result when bacteria interact with sugar or starches to form acid. The acids gradually wear away dental enamel unless you are diligent about your oral hygiene and regularly visiting the dentist for professional dental cleanings. When decay starts, you may develop small, white spots on your teeth. At this point, a thorough cleaning can typically halt damage to your teeth. However, these spots do not always appear, and if the erosion process continues, the acid and bacteria will eventually affect the underlying layers of your tooth. Eventually, the cavity could compromise your entire tooth and you may even develop gum disease or cavities in your adjacent teeth.

If you or someone in your family has not been to the dentist every six months, cavities may go undiagnosed for a long time and grow larger. We are dedicated to helping all our patients feel comfortable, so if dental anxiety has been holding you back from regular oral health care, please give us a call. You don't want to wait until you develop a toothache, dental sensitivity, or major tooth discoloration to see the dentist. If you do your part by performing daily recommended oral hygiene practices, we can usually prevent dental decay as a team. Even if you do develop a cavity, we will be able to detect it early, and Dr. Tran will treat it with a filling.

Are You Concerned About Dental Decay?

Tampa-Clearwater area dentist, Dr. Toan Tran, and his team at Mangrove Bay Dentistry in Oldsmar, take pride in serving patients with the highest quality, individualized care. If you are experiencing pain from decay or a cavity, we encourage you to schedule an appointment right away. Give our friendly front desk a call today at (813) 544-6778.

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