Dentists in Tampa use dental fillings as a form of restorative dentistry. They are used to repair surface damage to the tooth from fractures, decay or teeth that have worn down over time, often from the grinding of teeth.
The material comprehensive dentists use to fill a tooth can vary widely, depending on the type of damage, what is most appropriate for the patient, cost considerations, and location of the damage in the mouth and the stress on that area during chewing. For instance, a soft material such as gold may be used when the patient grinds their teeth and future wear of the opposing surface is a significant consideration
Dental filling materials include porcelain, metals, composites and several hybrids.
More extensive damage may require a dental crown in place of a dental filling. If a tooth extraction is required, a filling cannot be used and either a dental implant or bridge may be used.
Prior to treatment, the dentist numbs the area to be treated with a local anesthesia. Tooth fillings are often performed with a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Once a comprehensive dentist has identified damaged surfaces, the damaged area(s) are removed, surrounding surfaces cleaned to remove both material and bacteria, after which restoration is performed. If decay is near the root of the tooth the dentist may install a liner prior to filling the vacated area. Depending on the material used, once the dental filling material is placed and the restoration cleaned, the procedure may be complete. Again, depending on the material used, a tooth may be filled in one appointment, or a subsequent appointment may be required.
Dr. Caputo, Dentist in Clearwater, encourages patients to discuss with him both the various treatment options, and materials available to treat a damaged tooth.
Good oral hygiene is the best way to maintain your fillings after treatment, augmented by regular cleanings and fluoride treatments.
It’s a good idea to first discuss your unique condition and goals with Dr. Caputo before committing to any treatment. This consultation gives the doctor a chance to understand your situation and appropriately plan for it in advance of the treatment. From this discussion, a personal care plan is created, which will give you a good idea of what to expect from your time here at our Palm Harbor office.
Looking to start a new treatment at our office? Both new and existing patients can utilize Dr. Caputo’s “Special Offer”, which provides a Comprehensive Examination and Consultation for only $96. The examination includes a series of 5 x-rays, facial photographs, and an examination performed by Dr. Caputo.
Appointments are scheduled prompty here at our practice, regardless of whether you’re a new or returning patient, so contact our office today.
Comprehensive Examination & Initial Consultation with Dr. Caputo. five x-rays, oral and facial photographs. Includes a review of your general and oral health history, complete with a treatment and/or personal care plan.
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Paul L. Caputo, DDS3490 E Lake Rd S Suite A