Using dental fillings to restore a tooth after a cavity has formed

When a cavity develops, it needs to be treated as soon as possible to keep it from becoming larger or deeper, resulting in an infection. Dr. Blanca Fernandez of South Lakeland, FL., can evaluate your smile and, using Digital X-rays, detect and diagnose areas of tooth decay during the early stay.  Treatment should be done as soon as possible to help maintain your oral health with time. Cavities found should be treated using a method known as tooth filling, the most reliable way to stop the decay and seal the tooth to reduce the risk of further problems.

What is cavity filling?

A cavity filling is a dental procedure in which the decayed portion of a tooth is removed and replaced with an artificial material, such as composite resin. The purpose of this restoration is to stop further decay and provide a barrier between the outside world, protecting your inner tooth structure from damage.

How much does a composite filling cost?

Dr. Fernandez performs cavity fillings using safe and effective methods, ensuring you receive the best care possible. After evaluating your smile, she can recommend the appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs and provide you with an estimate of cost before proceeding with any restorative dentistry procedures. If you are uninsured, ask for our “in-office saving dental plan,” which will help a lot with cost.  If you have dental insurance, your out-of-pocket expenses can be dropped significantly, so be sure to bring this information along.

What happens during the placement of a filling?

During your appointment, Dr. Fernandez will use specialized dental instruments to remove all areas of decay before carefully placing the filling. She may also use a special adhesive to ensure the filling is securely in place. After filling the cavity, she will check your bite, making sure that your masticatory function is restored too. In case of the remaining dental tissue is short, a dental crown may be recommended for extra strength and protection of the tooth.

What about mercury fillings?

Our team discourages the use of mercury fillings or silver amalgam fillings, as studies continue to show that the risk of mercury toxicity exists with these types of restorations in place. Instead, composite resin fillings are better for aesthetics and longevity while remaining safe and biocompatible with the natural tooth.

Consider tooth-colored, composite fillings for your smile!

If you reside in South Lakeland, FL, and want to speak to Dr. Blanca Fernandez and her team at Highland Dental Clinic about replacing your mercury fillings with composite fillings, call (863) 457-1954 to request an appointment at our office. We proudly serve patients in the surrounding communities of Bartow, Plant City, and Winter Haven.

Blanca Fernandez, DMD
Blanca Fernandez, DMD

Dr. Blanca Fernandez is a skilled dentist in Lakeland, FL. She studied general dentistry at the Colombian Dental College and studied prosthodontics and received a Master of Science at the Dentistry Foundation of San Martin in Bogota, Colombia. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. With specialized training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, and oral surgery, Dr. Fernandez is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association, West Coast Dental Association, and Polk County Dental Association.