Dental cavities are a common problem that develop when bacteria erodes your dental enamel. Previously, cavities were treated with an amalgam material, a mixture of different metals such as mercury or silver. We now know that these fillings don't bond well with the enamel and the mercury is hazardous to your health. At Merritt Island Center for Dentistry in Merritt Island, FL, Dieter Burr, D.M.D. uses tooth-colored fillings made with a composite resin to fill cavities and protect the tooth. Dr. Burr can also take out metal fillings and replace them with composite resin fillings for a more reliable and more attractive treatment of cavities.
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Composite resin tooth-colored fillings are often used for patients who have small cavities to fill in the decay in the enamel once it has been cleaned by Dr. Burr. Composite resin is a useful material that may be used to treat other problems with your teeth, such as chips or enamel that has been worn down by bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the material is tinted to blend with your teeth, tooth-colored fillings may be placed on the back and visible teeth for a great appearance. If you have amalgam fillings, talk to Dr. Burr about getting them taken out and re-done with composite resin.
What To Expect
Having a filling at Merritt Island Center for Dentistry is typically an easy process. The treatment area will be numbed to help you feel more comfortable. Stronger sedation methods may be considered for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed. Once you're ready, the decayed enamel can be removed using a unique dental drill that Dr. Burr will choose based upon the location of the cavity and the amount of decay. Once the affected enamel is removed and the area is disinfected, the space will be replaced with the composite material and set with a special light. Dr. Burr will smooth the filling so it matches your other teeth.
You will be able to resume your day once your tooth-colored filling is complete, but you may notice a sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures for a few days. You can use a non-prescription pain relief medication to address any discomfort; however, you shouldn't experience any serious problems. If your filling seems too high or uneven, please call us. Your filling should be cleaned by using a normal home oral care routine including daily flossing and brushing. During your annual dental exam, Dr. Burr will check your filling to determine if it should be replaced or repaired.
Composite resin fillings are a standard treatment for dental cavities that is typically covered, at least in part, by insurance. A team member will talk to your dental insurance company to understand your coverage so we can calculate your personal cost. If you don't have dental insurance, Dr. Burr will go over the payment methods we accept during your appointment, plus information on medical financing.
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Advanced Cavity Treatment
Dental cavities may begin as a common problem; however, it is crucial to have them treated before they develop into a larger problem. At Merritt Island Center for Dentistry in Merritt Island, FL, small areas of tooth decay may be treated with tooth-colored fillings. Dr. Burr makes sure to match the shade of your teeth so you can have a seamless, healthy smile. If you think you or your child has tooth decay, contact us to make a dental exam with Dr. Burr.