Fillings for Restoring Teeth in St. Petersburg, FL
Fillings are restorative materials used by dentists to “fill” in teeth after removing decay, or to repair teeth that are broken, cracked, or worn down from tooth grinding. In addition to treating cavities and restoring teeth, the dentists and specialists at Florida Dental Centers in St. Petersburg, Florida, offer a wide range of oral health care services, including emergency treatment, preventive care, crowns, bridges, dental implants, periodontal therapy, oral surgery, same-day denture repairs, and more.
Restoring teeth to good form with fillings is usually a straightforward process. Your dentist at Florida Dental Centers in St. Petersburg, FL, will explain the different types of filling materials available and help you select the best option by taking into account factors such as the location of the filling and the reason it is needed. Most patients choose either:
- Composite resin (tooth-colored) fillings
- Amalgam metallic alloy (silver-colored) fillings
Amalgam fillings are held in place by the shape of the cavity. Therefore, even if a cavity is small, the filling must be large enough to ensure a sufficient hold and overall strength. Composite fillings, on the other hand, can be very small in size and adapt to any shape of cavity. While composite is more expensive than amalgam, it offers aesthetic advantages in that it is available in a wide variety of colors to match a patient’s teeth, and will not cause a tooth to darken over time. However, composite resin is softer and weaker than amalgam, and thus has a shorter lifespan.
Some patients have concerns about the mercury content in amalgam fillings. But, according to several leading scientific and health organizations – including the American Dental Association, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the World Health Organization – dental amalgam is a safe, reliable, and effective restorative material.
If you have questions about fillings or other dental treatments, a dentist at Florida Dental Centers will be pleased to talk with you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in St. Petersburg, FL, or one of our other convenient locations.