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Composite Dental Fillings in Orange Park, FL
As a family and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Sridhar Sagili understands how his patients’ confidence is affected by the appearance of their teeth. No matter what dental concern he’s treating, Dr. Sagili always takes aesthetics into consideration.
From major oral health issues to cosmetic improvements, our Orange Park dentist prefers composite fillings over amalgam for their ability to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the smile.
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Also known as “bonding”, composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings.
Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
We use composite fillings to repair teeth that have small-to-moderate amounts of decay. Our dentist also replaces existing silver fillings that have become worn and are no longer completely sealed. Since composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your smile.
These fillings give your teeth a much healthier appearance because they are not as visible as silver fillings.
Many patients feel safer receiving composite fillings as opposed to amalgam due to the absence of mercury in these tooth-colored restorations.
Dr. Sagili is happy to offer this treatment and advanced dental restoration technique so that his patients can feel confident about both their overall health and the look of their smile.
Over the years there has been some concern as to the safety of amalgam (silver) fillings. An amalgam is a blend of copper, silver, tin and zinc, bound by elemental mercury. Dentists have used this blended metal to fill teeth for more than 100 years. The controversy is due to claims that the exposure to the vapor and minute particles from the mercury can cause a variety of health problems.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), up to 76% of dentists use silver containing mercury to fill teeth. The ADA also states that silver fillings are safe and that studies have failed to find any link between silver containing mercury and any medical disorder.
The general consensus is that amalgam (silver) fillings are safe. Along with the ADA’s position, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization, the FDA, and others support the use of silver fillings as safe, durable, and cost effective. The U.S. Public Health Service says that the only reason not to use silver fillings is when a patient has an allergy to any component of this type of filling. The ADA has had fewer than 100 reported incidents of an allergy to components of silver fillings, and this is out of countless millions of silver fillings over the decades.
Although studies indicate that there are no measurable health risks to patients who have silver fillings, we do know that mercury is a toxic material when we are exposed at high, unsafe levels. For instance, we have been warned to limit the consumption of certain types of fish that carry high levels of mercury in them. However, with respect to amalgam fillings, the ADA maintains that when the mercury combines with the other components of the filling, it becomes an inactive substance that is safe.
There are numerous options to silver fillings, including composite (tooth-colored), porcelain, and gold fillings. We encourage you to discuss these options with your dentist so you can determine which is the best option for you.
Dr Sagili uses the Wand® to painlessly apply local anesthesia so that you will not experience any discomfort. The decay or old restoration will be removed and we will select a filling material to match your tooth. Our Orange Park dentist prepares the tooth so that the filling can be bonded in place. This technique ensures a complete seal between the tooth and the filling. If properly maintained, these fillings can be a long-lasting solution.
Teeth Whitening: Bleaching lightens teeth that have been stained or discolored by age, food, drink, and smoking. Teeth darkened as a result of injury or taking certain medications can also be bleached, but the effectiveness depends on the degree of staining present.
Composite (tooth-colored) Fillings: Also known as “bonding”, composite fillings are now widely used instead of amalgam (silver) fillings to repair teeth with cavities, and also to replace old defective fillings. Tooth-colored fillings are also used to repair chipped, broken, or discolored teeth. This type of filling is also very useful to fill in gaps and to protect sensitive, exposed root surfaces caused by gum recession.
Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are thin custom-made, tooth-colored shells that are bonded onto the fronts of teeth to create a beautiful individual smile. They can help restore or camouflage damaged, discolored, poorly shaped, or misaligned teeth. Unlike crowns, veneers require minimal tooth structure to be removed from the surface of the tooth.
Porcelain Crowns (caps): A crown is a tooth-colored, custom-made covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns protect and strengthen teeth that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. They are ideal for teeth that have large, fractured or broken fillings and also for those that are badly decayed.
Dental Implants: Dental implants are artificial roots that are surgically placed into the jaw to replace one or more missing teeth. Porcelain crowns, bridges, and dentures can be made specifically to fit and attach to implants, giving a patient a strong, stable, and durable solution to removable dental appliances.
Orthodontics: Less visible and more effective brackets and wires are making straightening teeth with orthodontics much more appealing to adult patients. Also, in some cases, teeth may be straightened with custom-made, clear, removable aligners that require no braces.
Here are some insurances we accept (even if your insurance is not on this list, you should still call to check because we accept all PPO plans):
Premier Dental Group
Delta Dental Legions
United Health Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employees Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Blue Dental
Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Choice
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