Do you have a persistent toothache? You may have a dental cavity that needs a filling!
Dental fillings are used to protect and add strength to teeth that have been compromised by decay, wear or other damage. Whenever possible, your trusted dentists in Jacksonville FL uses metal-free dental fillings. Dr. Alexander offers composite resin dental fillings and porcelain fillings for patients of all ages. They are both great options for those looking to fill cavities with unnoticeable results. Both options are color-matched for natural-looking results.
Composite Resin Dental Fillings
Composite resin fillings are also called white fillings. These fillings are made of a durable, biocompatible composite resin. They can come in a range of tooth colored shades to match natural teeth perfectly. Although not as long-lasting as porcelain fillings, composite fillings are still a great option.
The process to fill a cavity in your tooth can be done in a single visit. The first step is to numb the area around your tooth with anesthetic. After numb, your dentist will prepare your tooth for the filling by cleaning all bacteria and infection out. Dental fillings are applied to the tooth by hand without the aid of molds or other templates. The resin is sculpted into place by Dr. Alexander and cured with a special light. The curing process is instantaneous. You will be able to use your mouth normally within a couple of hours.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Many patients with traditional amalgam fillings (metal fillings) are choosing to replace their dental fillings with comfortable, and unnoticeable cosmetic dental fillings. Some patients have sensitivity to metal in their mouth and report having a metallic taste or discomfort because of their metal filling. Dr. Alexander can remove your metal dental filling and replace it with either a composite resin filling, a dental inlay, or onlay. It will depend on what option best matches your unique issue.
If a tooth has more significant decay or damage, Dr. Alexander may recommend a dental crown to hold the tooth together, adding protection, strength, and durability. Dental crowns can be used for a variety of dental issues.
Contact us to learn more about dental fillings in our Jacksonville dental office and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Alexander.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of indirect restoration. This means that the restoration is manufactured outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Dr. Alexander uses state-of-the-art CEREC technology to create porcelain fillings in a single visit.
First, Dr. Alexander takes a digital impression of the tooth. Then, using CEREC’s Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) software, he creates a custom fit porcelain restoration that will cover the tooth. While the patient waits, the inlay or onlay is created and then bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.
A dental inlay typically fits inside the contours of the tooth, where as a dental onlay covers the entire biting surface. This type of restoration is usually used when there is more significant damage to the tooth.