Patients diagnosed with a cavity may understand that they need treatment but may be confused about what type of treatment is appropriate for their needs. The team at Simply Smiles in Sarasota, Florida, offers white dental fillings for patients with small to medium-sized cavities. 

What are fillings? 

Dental fillings are composite resin materials that are used to fill areas of tooth decay. Tooth decay is often referred to as a cavity, as it leaves a hole in the natural tooth structure. Smaller sections of decay can be monitored for progression, while larger areas will often require patients to have fillings placed. Fillings fill the space left behind and seal off the tooth to keep the area of decay from getting more extensive and deeper. That also helps keep bacteria from getting inside of the tooth, which can cause an unwanted infection.

What are some other alternatives to fillings? 

White dental fillings are the best option for most situations where cavities are present but are not the only ones. Some patients might be better suited for dental inlays and onlays, which are best for larger sections of decay. These are ceramic restorations that are made to fill the area and bond onto the tooth structure. The repair does not stand out as dental work when using a tooth-colored restoration or composite resin or ceramic.

Which type of restoration is right for my situation? 

During an evaluation, Drs. Kira Gekht and Jade Rivera will evaluate the patient’s smile to determine the best restoration for their unique case. Some of the factors that might influence their decision include the chewing and biting load of the tooth, where the cavity is, how large the hole is, and the number of visits a patient would need to restore their tooth’s structure. 

Are you in need of dental fillings for areas of decay? 

Whether you want white dental fillings or are looking for a material that can be used to provide tooth-colored restoration, Drs. Kira Gekht, Jade Rivera, and the Simply Smiles team can help you learn more about your options. The office is conveniently located at 2750 Stickney Point Rd Suite 107, Sarasota, FL 34231 and accepts new and current patients and families seeking cosmetic and restorative dentistry. You can reach us at (941) 877-5262.