Composite Fillings in Boynton Beach, FL
Protect Your Teeth From Cavities
Dental problems like cavities or tooth decay can have a lasting impact on your oral health. Not only do they affect your teeth’s appearance, but they can also lead to complications such as gum disease if left untreated.
Composite fillings may be the ideal solution to help protect your damaged teeth from cavities and bacteria. Dr. Landers can create fillings that not only appear natural but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and long-lasting thanks to new bonding technologies.
What Are Composite Fillings?
When it comes to fillings, we are a mercury-free practice. However, many patients still have mercury or silver (amalgam) fillings from previous dental practice techniques, which ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. This material can also leak over time, staining your teeth and gums.
Also known as tooth-colored fillings, composite fillings are a safer and more durable alternative to silver fillings. This treatment utilizes a nontoxic resin material to fill in teeth affected by decay or cavities. The resin can be customized to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth for a seamless blend with the rest of your smile.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings come with many advantages that make them the superior option for restoring decayed teeth including:
- Customized fit
- Natural appearance
- Long-lasting and durable
- Preserves tooth structure
When is a Composite Filling Necessary?
Dr. Landers will likely recommend a filling for patients with:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Severely decayed teeth
- Broken or lost fillings
- Persistent toothaches
If you experience any of these symptoms or suspect you may need a filling, don’t hesitate to contact us at (561) 736-2122 to schedule an appointment at our Boynton Beach office. When left untreated, teeth affected by cavities are more vulnerable to bacteria, which could lead to further decay or gum disease.
How Do Composite Fillings Work?
Receiving a composite filling is a quick and painless procedure that can take just one visit to our Boynton Beach office. Dr. Landers will begin by administering a local anesthetic to the targeted tooth and surrounding areas so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.
He’ll then make room for the filling by removing any decayed tissue or plaque from the tooth using a small drill. Dr. Landers will then place the resin and mold it to fit the structure and size of your natural tooth. Ultraviolet light is then used to harden and strengthen the resin.
Your filling will be completed in layers to ensure a durable and secure outcome. Once all the layers have been hardened and polished, you’ll be ready to leave our Boynton Beach office with a restored smile!
Onlays are premade fillings that cover the cusp of the tooth to restore and protect it from further complications. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth, creating a close fit to the natural tooth when much of the original tooth structure has been lost. Onlays ensure that the tooth remains intact and stronger and contain fluoride that helps prevent decay.
Replacing a Silver Filling
We can easily and safely replace silver fillings that may corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums. This process requires two appointments at our Boynton Beach office.
At your first appointment, your old filling will be removed along with any additional decay. Then, an impression of your teeth is made to be sent off to the lab, where a technician will place a resin onlay into the model of your teeth. This model will be designed to look natural. To finish your appointment, you’ll receive a temporary onlay to protect your tooth.
Your second appointment will involve removing the temporary onlay and preparing your teeth for the new onlay. First, a conditioning gel is applied to your teeth, followed by bonding dental-grade cement. A high-intensity light will then be used to securely bond the resin to the tooth. Finally, your tooth will be polished for a natural-looking appearance.
At the end of your filling treatment, your teeth will be restored to full function and appearance, with stronger, more protected teeth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Dr. Landers will ensure your filling procedure is as painless and stress-free as possible by administering a local anesthetic beforehand. The entire experience will be virtually painless. You may feel slight discomfort once the numbness has worn off. This pain can be easily managed using over-the-counter pain relievers and cold compresses.
If pain persists past a day or so, it may be a sign of a complication. Contact our Boynton Beach office right away at (561) 736-2122 to schedule an appointment so Dr. Landers can assess our situation and relieve your pain.
With proper care, composite fillings can last up to 10 to 12 years. Maintaining a good oral hygiene routine is key to keeping your oral health and fillings in great condition. This includes brushing and flossing twice a day, along with scheduling biannual visits at our Boynton Beach office for regular cleanings and checkups.
Composite fillings are completely safe. The resin material in these fillings contains BPA, which is nontoxic when used in small amounts. Unlike silver fillings, this material won’t leak over time to stain your teeth and gums. It’s also more durable than silver fillings.
Schedule Your Appointment With Dr. Landers
Composite fillings are a safe and long-lasting way to restore and protect your teeth. If you suspect you need a filling, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us. You can contact our Boynton Beach office at (561) 736-2122, or fill out a contact form and a team member will get back to you shortly.