Tooth Colored Fillings Jacksonville And Live Oak Florida Dentists

Also known as composite or white fillings, tooth-colored fillings are a modern alternative to the old-school silver amalgam version. Their ability to match the natural color of teeth and appear virtually invisible is thanks to a blend of resin, fine particles, and no metal whatsoever. Our Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, dentists can use these fillings on both front and back teeth and because of how they bond to the surface of a tooth, we can preserve more of your natural tooth structure.

Advantages to Choosing Tooth-Colored Fillings

For the most part, our dentists will move forward with composite fillings if you have a small to medium sized cavity. It’s only when the cavity itself is too large or the decay has penetrated deep enough into the inner portion of the tooth that we may consider a dental crown, root canal therapy, or both.

When chosen, tooth-colored fillings have the following benefits:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Composite resin material can be color-matched to the natural shade of your teeth. Unlike silver amalgam fillings, which are noticeable when you smile or laugh, tooth-colored fillings blend in seamlessly.
  • Conservative Tooth Preservation: Less healthy tooth structure is removed during the procedure which is beneficial for the long-term health and strength of your teeth. In contrast, amalgam fillings often necessitate the removal of more tooth material to create mechanical retention, which can weaken the tooth over time.
  • Reduced Sensitivity to Temperature Changes: Tooth-colored fillings are less conductive than metal amalgam fillings and don’t expand or contract as much in response to temperature changes. This means that both tooth sensitivity and cracking are less likely.

How Long Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Last?

If cared for properly (brushing teeth at least twice a day, flossing daily, and teeth cleanings every 6 months), a tooth-colored filling can last 7-10 years but this is dependent on the patient.

For example, munching on things like ice, mixed nuts, or hard candies can increase the likelihood that the filling may become damaged or fall out ahead of schedule. Of course if this happens, our dentists would be happy to replace it for you.

Fill in Cavities or Damage Today

Our dentists in Jacksonville and Live Oak, FL, encourage all patients to have cavities or cracks in teeth fixed sooner than later to avoid worse complications in the future. We offer tooth-colored fillings in both of our Higgins & White Dentistry locations so all you need to do is call today or request an appointment online. We’ll take care of you from there!

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