Tooth-Colored Fillings – Jacksonville, FL
Enjoy a Natural-Looking Solution
When you picture a dental filling, you might see a dark spot on a tooth. Traditionally, amalgam fillings are used to treat cavities, but now there’s another option that won’t stick out like a sore thumb. Tooth-colored fillings in Jacksonville blend in with your enamel, so no one will even notice it’s there. Whether you have a new cavity or want to replace an old filling, Dr. Schumacher can improve your smile using the latest advancements in dentistry.
Why Choose Dr. Schumacher for Tooth-Colored Fillings?
- Personalized treatment plans for each patient
- Natural-looking, durable results
- Advanced treatments and techniques
How are Tooth-Colored Fillings Different?
Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of metals, including mercury. As a result, they are very durable and can effectively treat decay for many years; however, they are very noticeable. Not to mention, they also contain mercury. Tooth-colored fillings don’t contain any metals, so they are biocompatible. Instead, a composite resin material is used to treat the tooth. It’s perfectly shaded to match your enamel.
The process of placing a tooth-colored filling differs slightly from what you might be used to. After your tooth has been prepared and the resin has been shaded, Dr. Schumacher will apply a weak acid to the tooth to open the pores in your enamel to ensure the resin bonds well. He won’t need to cut wedges in your tooth to support the filling, so you maintain more of its structure. Once the acid is rinsed off, Dr. Schumacher will place the filling on your tooth and sculpt it into the desired shape. A special dental light will quickly harden it, and Dr. Schumacher will smooth and polish your tooth before you leave.
What are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Metal-free restorations in Jacksonville provide several advantages over more outdated methods, like amalgam fillings. With a tooth-colored option, you’ll benefit from:
- Natural-looking results to improve your confidence.
- Affordable and covered under many dental insurance plans.
- Minimally invasive treatment.
- Biocompatible and mercury-free alternative.
- Durable to last for a decade or longer.
- Hypoallergenic for patients with metal sensitivities.
- Easy maintenance and care.
How Long Do Tooth-Colored Fillings Last?
Although they aren’t made of metal, tooth-colored fillings are proven to last for years with the right aftercare. Various factors influence the longevity of the restoration, like where it was placed. Fillings on molars tend to fail quicker than those on a front tooth because they undergo more wear and tear. You can promote the lifespan of your filling by committing to your oral hygiene at home and visiting your dentist regularly for a cleaning and checkup. It’s also best to avoid anything that might damage it, like frequently consuming sugar, using your teeth as tools, or chewing on inedible objects. If your filling loses its bond with your tooth, don’t worry. Dr. Schumacher can easily replace it.
Choose a Natural-Looking Solution
Dr. Schumacher can improve both the health and appearance of your smile. If you’re ready to enjoy results that look natural, contact our office today to see if you’re a candidate for tooth-colored fillings.