With all the talk in Gainesville of multi-procedure smile makeovers involving veneers, porcelain crowns, bridges, teeth whitening, dental implants, and invisible braces, sometimes the traditional dental filling is overlooked.
If a cavity progresses no further than a filling, Florida cosmetic dental patients can avoid more extensive and invasive treatments. Today, let’s talk about dental fillings.
Most dental patients in the Gainesville and Ocala area have a few fillings in their mouth. When a tooth has been damaged through decay, a dental filling is the most common way Florida family dentists restore the tooth to its previous, intact condition.
Dental fillings have been used for over a hundred years, and they’ve come a long way from the silvery amalgam fillings many of us in the Marion County, Fort McCoy, and The Villages areas remember.
Gainesville cosmetic dentists and dental labs have been working to formulate filling materials that are more cosmetically pleasing to their Florida patients.
Today, the filling material of choice in Ocala and around the country is a composite of plastic resin with glass or quartz filler. Referred to as composite fillings, Ocala dental patients love the fact that they can be matched to their natural tooth color, making them practically invisible. This is particularly important when the filling needs to be in a conspicuous part of the mouth, such as the front teeth.
Despite the popularity of tooth-colored fillings, many Gainesville dentists still find amalgam fillings appropriate in some cases. Dental amalgam is made from a metal alloy, which gives it the ability to hold strong even when the chewing load is great.
I’m Dr. Wayne Harper and I work hard to make sure each patient feels comfortable during their dental visit. I’ve practiced dentistry since 1985, and I find it especially rewarding when Marion County, Fort McCoy, and The Villages residents experience renewed confidence after a smile makeover.
Whether you are interested in replacing metal fillings with composites, or if you want to discuss tooth whitening and veneers, our staff would be happy to answer any questions you have.
Call 352-867-7181 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wayne C. Harper!
Dr. Wayne C. Harper
1800 SE 17th Street Suite 602