White composite fillings are durable, long lasting and visually pleasing!
Most people will experience tooth decay at some point in their lives. Tooth decay treated with white composite fillings not only restores normal function but also leaves the appearance of your smile unchanged. At Ocala Dental Care we offer white fillings made from composite resin tinted to match the natural shade of your tooth. We use only the finest and most durable materials available today to ensure you receive white fillings that are attractive and long lasting. Thanks to technological advances in the dental field, advanced materials have been developed for white fillings providing numerous advantages over traditional silver amalgam fillings. Patients no longer need to worry about the impact traditional silver fillings have on their smile.
What is Tooth Decay
Tooth decay, also known as a cavity or cavities, stems from a combination of food and bacteria. Certain foods can react with the bacteria in your mouth to form acid. The formation of acid coupled with bacteria, food particles and saliva combine to form plaque. Plaque adheres to and erodes the enamel on the surface of your teeth creating holes called cavities. It is important to treat tooth decay to prevent further damage and painful complications such as abscesses, toothaches, infections and potential restorative procedures.
How to Treat Tooth Decay, The Filling Process
A dental filling is a procedure that is used to replace tooth material lost to decay. Dr. Metcalfe has treated thousands of patients with tooth decay. Initially, he will apply a numbing gel to your tooth and the surrounding gum tissue to eliminate any discomfort you may experience. If necessary, a local anesthesia will be utilized to ensure your total comfort. Once you are comfortable, he will remove any unhealthy bacteria and decay. When this has been removed, the tooth will be reshaped, and the cavity filled with composite resin tinted to match the shade of your existing teeth.
Benefits of White Fillings
White fillings offer significantly more benefits that traditional amalgam fillings including:
- More Aesthetically Pleasing – Unlike silver fillings, composite fillings are tinted to match your natural teeth. Additionally, silver amalgam can seep into adjacent teeth over time, darkening and staining otherwise healthy teeth.
- Less Tooth Preparation – Very little of the tooth’s structure is removed. Only the decayed part of the tooth is removed during prep preserving more of your natural tooth.
- Your Tooth will be Stronger – White fillings can help strengthen your tooth, while amalgam fillings can weaken the tooth over time. The metal in amalgam can expand and contract over time posing a higher risk of structural damage to your tooth.
- Metal Free – White fillings contain no metal.
Removing Silver Amalgam Fillings
In the past if you had a cavity, your only choice was a silver amalgam filling. For some patients it may be necessary to remove silver amalgam fillings, either to repair decay underneath or prevent cracking. For other patients they choose to replace their silver fillings with composite white resin to improve the appearance of their smile. In either case, Dr. Metcalfe utilizes the procedures and equipment necessary to remove silver amalgam fillings safely. If you are unhappy with the look of your old fillings or concerned with the safety of the amalgam fillings, you can rest assured that the professionals at Ocala Dental Care can safely remove your old fillings.
If you are looking for fillings that are functional as well as beautiful contact us today to.
The care at this office is fantastic by ALL the staff. From the office personnel, to the dental technicians, to the very skilled dentists! I highly recommend this office. Dr Hussein Salifu is awesome and his assistant Irma is the very best! Can’t get any better care!
Why Choose Ocala Dental Care?
Onsite Dental Lab
Our in-house dental lab uses only quality materials for a host of treatments and procedures. Having a dental lab on-site allows us to offer a quick turnaround on procedures including dentures, crowns, denture repair, and other services.
One Stop Shop
Ocala Dental Care's dental lab is a one-stop shop for all your dental needs. Be it crafting new prosthetics or repairing your existing dentures on the same day, we offer comprehensive solutions.
Same Day Denture Repair
We can reline and repair your old denture using advanced materials at our onsite dental lab, often in one day. You no longer need to depend on sub-par alternatives when you damage your dentures.
Same Day Service
We offer same-day dentistry services, including dentures, denture repair, crowns, bridges, tooth extractions and fillings.