Dental Fillings Tampa, FL

In recent decades, dental technology advances have radically changed how we restore damaged teeth. Gone are the days of silver, amalgam fillings – restorations that were potentially harmful and not aesthetically pleasing.

These days, we can restore damaged, decayed teeth with filling materials that match the natural shade of your teeth. We can create restorations that not only strengthen the restored tooth, but also look beautiful.

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What Are Composite Fillings?

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A dental filling is needed when a tooth is damaged by decay. After removing the decay, we can restore the tooth with a variety of materials, including:

  • Amalgam (silver fillings)
  • Porcelain
  • Composite resin

Each filling material has a unique set of properties and advantages. Composite fillings are the go-to for most restorative and cosmetic dentists in Tampa because it’s one of the most affordable, safe, and longest-lasting options.

Amalgam fillings contain mercury, which can leak into the bloodstream and cause health problems. It was the most common filling material for years because it was durable, strong, and affordable. However, due to health concerns and aesthetics, dentists quickly moved to composite resin when it became available.

Porcelain fillings are long-lasting and beautiful but expensive, often costing nearly as much as a dental crown. Thankfully, composite resin comes in many shades, so your Tampa dentist can match the shade of your natural tooth just as well with composite as they can with porcelain.

The Benefits of Composite Fillings in Tampa

Following are the main benefits of composite fillings and why they are far and away a preferable option to traditional silver fillings. Composite fillings are:


Composite fillings don’t expand and contract with temperature changes (like amalgam). This means they’ll last longer and are less likely to experience damage. Composite also bonds directly to the tooth, enforcing it and adding strength.


Because composite resin is tooth-colored, no one will ever know you’ve had a filling.


Composite filling material can be used to restore teeth that have deep dental decay. It can also be used to perform cosmetic procedures to repair cracks and chips in the teeth. Because this material doesn’t irritate the gum tissue, it’s an excellent option for a variety of procedures.

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What to Expect During Your Filling Appointment

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Most composite filling appointments can be completed in less than an hour, though the duration of your appointment will depend on how many restorations you need at one time.

To start, our team will apply a topical anesthetic to your gums. Then, your Tampa dentist will administer a local dental anesthetic via an injection. Our team will do our best to keep you comfortable throughout this process.

Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will gently remove the decay with a dental laser or high-speed handpiece. After removing the decay, they’ll shape the tooth so they can adequately fill it in a way that prevents voids in the material. Then, they’ll condition the tooth before adding adhesive and bonding materials.

Your dentist will place the soft composite into the preparation, pack it in tightly, and form the material, so it matches the anatomy of your tooth. Finally, your Tampa dentist will cure the composite resin with a UV light.

When the filling is complete, your dentist will check your bite to make sure the filling isn’t too high. If it is, they’ll adjust it before polishing the composite to match the sheen of your natural teeth.

How to Care for Your Fillings After Your Appointment

After a filling appointment, your tooth might be slightly sensitive to hot, cold, and bite pressure. We recommend avoiding hot or cold foods and sticking to soft foods for the rest of the day.

Contact your Tampa dentist if you’re still feeling discomfort a few days after your filling. There are several reasons why your tooth might be sensitive, including the filling being too high or the excavated decay being close to the pulp (nerve). Your dentist can check to see if they need to adjust the filling and may prescribe pain medications if necessary.

The best thing you can do to increase the longevity of your composite fillings is to spend a few minutes in the morning and before bed brushing and flossing your teeth. Good, daily home care can reduce your risk of developing decay around the margins of the filling.

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We’re Here to Restore Your Beautiful Smile

Our top priority is helping you achieve and maintain good oral health. Restorative dental procedures help us do that. We want you to be happy with your smile, which is why we offer composite fillings in Tampa. Composite material allows us to give you a strong, durable restoration that leaves you with a beautiful, natural-looking smile.

Think you might need a filling? Contact us at 813 590-0520 to schedule an evaluation with your Tampa dentist.

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