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Tooth-Colored Fillings (Composite Fillings for Dental Cavities) – Cocoa, FL*

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Overview

Dental cavities are a common problem that are created when bacteria eats away your enamel. In the past, dental cavities were filled with a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of metals including silver or mercury. Now we know that these fillings do not fuse fully with the teeth and the mercury may be dangerous to your general health. At Advanced Dental Care in Cocoa, FL, skilled dentist Dr. Dieter Burr offers tooth-colored fillings made from a composite resin to fill and protect cavities. Dr. Burr can also remove old metal fillings and put on tooth-colored fillings for a safer and better-looking treatment for cavities.

Best Candidates

Tooth-colored fillings are typically used on patients who get dental cavities to seal the area of decay in the enamel of the tooth after it's been cleaned out by Dr. Burr. Composite resin is a versatile material that can be used to correct other concerns with the teeth, including cracks or wear on the enamel by teeth grinding (bruxism). Since the composite resin is colored to match your natural teeth, fillings can be used on both the visible and back teeth for a seamless result. If you have metal fillings, talk to Dr. Burr about having them removed and replaced with tooth-colored fillings.

What To Expect

Getting a filling with composite resin at Advanced Dental Care is generally a quick treatment. The needed areas will be numbed with a local anesthetic to minimize your discomfort. Other forms of sedation can be discussed with Dr. Burr if you have any anxieties or fears to keep you relaxed during the procedure. As soon as you are prepared, the decayed enamel is treated with a special drill that Dr. Burr will select considering where the cavity is located in the tooth and the level of decay. After the infected enamel is cleared away and the tooth is cleaned, the cavity will be filled with the composite resin material and hardened. Dr. Burr will polish the composite resin so it feels comfortable and matches your natural teeth.

Recovery

You should be able to get back to your normal day after your filling is done, but you might have some sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food for several days. You may take an over-the-counter pain medicine to minimize discomfort or inflammation, but you should not have any major issues. If after a few days the filling feels uneven or high, please contact our office. Your tooth-colored filling can be kept clean by following a home oral care routine with daily brushing and flossing. When you return for your annual dental examination, Dr. Burr will assess your filling and decide if it needs to be repaired or replaced at any point.

Insurance Coverage

Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for cavities that are usually covered in part by dental insurance. A member of our team will contact your insurance company to determine your exact coverage before calculating your out-of-pocket costs. If you do not have insurance, Dr. Burr can talk about the payments accepted by our office in your consultation, as well as medical financing options.

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Advanced Cavity Treatment

Cavities in the teeth may start as a small issue, but it's important to have them addressed before they become a more expensive concern. At Advanced Dental Care in Cocoa, FL cavities can be addressed with dental fillings. Dr. Burr matches the color of your natural teeth so you get a healthy, beautiful smile. If you suspect you or a family member has a cavity, contact our office to schedule a dental examination with Dr. Burr.

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