If you are experiencing tooth pain, a cavity caused by decay may be the source. In our Tampa dental practice, we often discover cavities during a routine dental exam, before the patient experiences any symptoms. Cavities are often identified as an area on the tooth that looks dark brown or black. Cavities are caused by bacteria contained in the plaque that develops in your mouth. These bacteria interact with elements in the food you eat, creating an acidic environment, which dissolves the protective enamel on the outer layer of your tooth. Once the decay process creates a cavity, it is essential to have it treated and filled, before the decay spreads deeper into the tooth, causing more pain and costly treatments.
At Weninger Dentistry, we understand concerns regarding the use of metal fillings, and offer our Tampa patients mercury-free dentistry. This involves the use of new advanced composite fillings made of tooth-colored materials that contain no metal.
An advantage composite dental fillings offer over traditional metal dental fillings is the ability to match your natural tooth color. Consisting of plastic and glass particles, composite fillings are currently the most popular filling material used in our Tampa office due to the aesthetic benefits and also because they solidly bond to the tooth. Because the composite fillings are hardened by applying a high intensity blue light, it only takes a few seconds for the materials to set.
If you would like to learn more about mercury-free dentistry and composite fillings, or suspect you may have a cavity that needs to be filled, please contact our Tampa dental office for an appointment.