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By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
February 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth-colored fillings offer a more subtle solution when you have a cavity. Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan answers fillingssome questions about tooth-colored fillings.

How are tooth-colored fillings different?

Tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your smile, not call attention to your dental work. Composite resin, a flexible material made of plastic and glass powders, is used to fill teeth after decay has been removed. Unlike silver amalgam, the filling material that was once the only choice if you had a cavity, composite resin can be tinted to resemble common tooth colors. When you visit our Jacksonville office, we'll compare several shades to ensure that your filling is completely unnoticeable.

What are the advantages of tooth-colored fillings?

A margin of healthy tooth structure surrounding the decayed area must also be removed when a tooth is filled. Because the tooth-colored filling process only requires the removal of a small amount of healthy tooth structure, teeth remain stronger and are less likely to become fragile or crack or fracture in the future.

Tooth-colored fillings also prevent cracks, a common consequence of silver amalgam fillings. The metals in silver amalgam fillings react to temperature changes by expanding and contracting. Over time, this continual expansion and contraction may crack your teeth. Composite resin is unaffected by temperature changes that occur when you bite into a hot piece of pizza or drink an ice-cold beverage. Thanks to your new composite resin filling, you won't have to worry about cracks in your tooth due to your filling.

If you received a silver amalgam filling years ago, you may have noticed that your tooth gradually became darker. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored resin fillings won't discolor teeth.

How durable are tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings not only look good but can withstand years of chewing and biting. After the composite resin is added to your tooth, it's hardened with a curing light. The curing process only takes about a minute and not only hardens the filling but helps it bond to your tooth.

Tooth-colored fillings restore decayed teeth without changing your appearance. If you're concerned about a tooth, call Jacksonville, FL, family dentist Dr. Selena Marchan at (904) 221-5678 to schedule an appointment.

By Selena L. Marchan, DMD, PA
July 24, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

You don't have to live with an imperfect smile. With dental crowns and bridges, your dentist can take your smile from being so-so to simply restorative dentistrygorgeous. Dr. Selena Marchan is one of the finest dentists in Jacksonville, FL. She offers a full range of dental services, including crowns and bridges. Here's everything you need to know about crowns and bridges.

Crowns Overview

Dental crowns are dental restorations that completely cover the outside of the teeth. Crowns can be made out of porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Crowns are used to restore broken, weakened, cracked, and badly decayed teeth. Your Jacksonville, FL dentist also use crowns to protect teeth following a root canal. 

Benefits of Crowns

Dental crowns can improve the appearance of your smile. Since dental crowns fit over the teeth, they can instantly correct chips, discoloration, crookedness, fractures, cracks, and more. Dental crowns can also improve tooth function. They can be expected to withstand biting and chewing forces well.

Bridges Overview

Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns on each side of the gap and an artificial tooth in between. This artificial tooth is called a pontic. Dental bridges are supported by either dental implants or natural teeth.

Benefits of Bridges

Missing teeth can ruin a beautiful smile. A dental bridge can fill in your smile's gaps and improve your appearance. Dental bridges are strong and durable. A dental bridge can restore your ability to speak and chew food and prevent your permanent teeth from shifting out of place.

Ready for a brand new smile? Start your journey today! Call Dr. Selena Marchan at 904-221-5678 now to schedule a dental consultation in Jacksonville, FL. A smile makeover will give you the confidence to smile again and enjoy the things you used to love doing. Remember, it's never too late to improve your smile.