If you have a decaying tooth or has a cavity, Dr. Sorelle or Dr. Boe will insert a filling to remedy the tooth. There are different types of fillings, including composite resin, ceramic, gold, and amalgam. Composite resin fillings match the color of natural teeth and offer a more aesthetic look and feel.
Our skilled dentist near you will help determine the right type of filling for your needs. Metal fillings may be more suitable for rear teeth, where chewing forces are greater.
When tooth decay destroys some part of your tooth, it leaves behind a hole or cavity. If ignored, the cavity spreads to the dental pulp chamber and affects the nerves resulting in pain and discomfort.
Our dental expert at Westbay Dental will drill out the decayed material to prevent the problem from spreading. But this alone is not enough. The hole or cavity must be sealed against bacterial action.
This is where dental fillings in Tampa, FL come into the picture. Once we remove the decayed material, we seal the space with a suitable filling. Fillings typically take about an hour or less to complete, depending on the nature, location, and extent of the cavity.
There are no significant risks associated with getting fillings near you. Patients may experience slight discomfort or sensitivity, but this should subside in one or two days. Please brush and floss as usual and call our trained dentist in Tampa, FL in case of any problem.
Fillings can generally last for up to 10 or 20 years, but they are subject to wear and may degrade over time. Over time, fillings may pull slightly away from the cavity, creating a small space where bacteria may breed and cause decay. In this case, our dentist may reinforce the filling or remove it and replace it with a new one. Fillings may also get damaged, chipped, or cracked, in which case you should contact Westbay Dental for an appointment.
Dr. Sorelle or Dr. Boe will examine fillings and other dental prosthetics for damage during routine dental exams.