Fillings are a treatment for tooth decay or tooth damage that replace missing portions of the tooth structure. When you have active decay, we need to drill out the decay to prevent it from worsening and causing an infection.
The only way to do this is to drill it out of the tooth. However, in the process, some of your natural tooth enamel needs to be removed. To rebuild the tooth so that its structure, strength, and functionality aren’t compromised, a strong material is placed inside of the tooth to replace your missing enamel.
If you have tooth decay or minor tooth damage and need a filling, Colonial Drive Preventative & Comprehensive Dentistry is here for you. Call (407) 295-6993 or contact us online today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tommy Dorsey.
Then, the resin is applied in layers and cured with UV light. This instantly cures it so it hardens and additional shaping and polishing can be performed.
A composite filling is a tooth-colored material known as composite resin. This is the same material used in dental bonding to cover up aesthetic imperfections or build up a tooth that is too small or damaged. Using a shade guide, we can match your fillings to the exact shade of your natural teeth so that they blend in. This is what makes composite fillings the preferable choice over silver amalgam fillings because their aesthetic qualities don’t disrupt the harmony of your smile.
Composite fillings are also biocompatible and don’t contain mercury, unlike traditional fillings. Not only does the filling look just like your natural tooth, but it also functions like it. These fillings don’t require as much drilling so we can preserve more of your natural tooth. Composite fillings also instantly harden so you don’t have to wait for 24 hours to eat certain foods.