Fillings Specialist

Creating Smiles Dental

Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists located in St. Petersburg, FL & Clearwater, FL

More than 26% of American adults have untreated tooth decay. When left untreated, tooth decay can worsen and lead to tooth loss or severe gum disease. The team led by Cindy Brayer, DMD, PA, and Phong Phane, DMD, at Creating Smiles Dental in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, Florida, offers cosmetic fillings to treat decay and enhance smiles. Tooth-colored fillings can address decay, as well as damage such as chips, cracks, and gaps. To find out more, call the office or schedule a consultation online today.

Fillings Q&A

What are fillings? 

Cosmetic fillings are used to restore teeth affected by decay or other damage. They’re tooth-colored and enhance your smile while also combatting the effects of decay that can lead to tooth loss. 

There are different materials used to produce cosmetic fillings, including composite resin, amalgam, or ceramic. Fillings are sturdy, durable, and function like healthy, natural teeth. Besides treating decay, they can also be used to reshape, resize, or recolor teeth affected by: 

  • Chips 
  • Cracks
  • Spacing issues (gaps)
  • Discoloration
  • Misalignment (make teeth appear straighter)

Your dentist at Creating Smiles Dental can help you decide on the best, most cost-effective cosmetic filling option for you, depending on the specifics of your condition. 

Why would I need a dental filling?

A variety of factors can lead to tooth decay, including poor oral hygiene, a high-sugar diet, disease, or injury. If decay isn’t treated, you can lose your tooth or the issue can worsen, affect other structures — such as your gums — or harm surrounding teeth. 

Cosmetic fillings address decay and other cosmetic issues while providing you with a bright, new smile. Without fillings, oral health problems can worsen and even threaten your overall health. Tooth decay and gum disease are linked to serious health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. 

What happens during a dental filling? 

First, your dentist at Creating Smiles Dental first uses special instruments to carefully remove any tooth decay. Then they clean your tooth and apply a special primer to open pores in the enamel — the outermost layer of your tooth — and dentin — the layer beneath. Afterward, a bonding agent is used to place the filling material over the tooth. 

Your dentist shapes the cosmetic filling material to deliver a new, improved tooth that resembles your natural tooth. Using a curing light, the filling material is hardened in place. Together, you and your dentist run a few tests to make sure the new appliance is comfortable and fits snugly. 

Once you and your dentist are comfortable with the fit and look, you move on to polishing the filling material and completing the procedure. Your dentist will schedule a follow-up appointment in the coming weeks to monitor your progress. 

How long do fillings last? 

The longevity of your cosmetic filling largely depends on you and how well you care for it. As long as you brush and floss regularly, limit your sugar intake, and maintain visits to the office for checkups, your fillings should last at least 10-15 years, if not more. 

Your regular visits to Creating Smiles Dental will help you track wear and tear on your fillings or get the necessary work done to repair or replace your filling when the time comes. 

To find out more about cosmetic filling options, call Creating Smiles Dental today or schedule an appointment online.