Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

Amalgam Fillings

Dental fillings can repair teeth that have been compromised by mild to moderate tooth decay. For decades, amalgam has been used to strengthen and protect weakened teeth. Amalgam restorations are durable and long lasting, and they provide an affordable alternative to composite resin fillings. With proper care, amalgam fillings can last up to 15 years.

What Are Cavities?

Each tooth is made up of several layers: the enamel, dentin, and inner pulp chamber. Although enamel is the hardest tissue in the body, it is not invincible. Acid from plaque can erode enamel, and over time, small holes can develop. These are otherwise known as cavities.

Amalgam restorations are durable and long lasting, and they provide an affordable alternative to composite resin fillings.

Plaque is a combination of debris from food, bacteria, and saliva. Sugary foods and carbohydrates can encourage the growth of bacteria and cause more plaque to develop. As a result, it is important to maintain a healthy diet and a diligent oral hygiene regimen to reduce your risk of developing decay.

Types of Cavities

Types of Cavities
Cavities result from a buildup of plaque on the surface of the teeth.

Who Can Develop Cavities?

Chances are high that you will need a dental filling at least once in your lifetime. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has estimated that 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least one cavity. Over time, wear and tear can result in chips or cracks in the teeth, which can weaken their structural integrity and harbor bacteria. However, cavities can also affect children. Primary teeth are more susceptible to decay, as the enamel is softer than that of adult teeth.

Detecting Cavities

Early stages of tooth decay are difficult to detect with the unaided eye. However, x-rays enable your dentist to identify even the smallest areas of concern. Signs of more advanced tooth decay include:

  • Ongoing dental sensitivity or pain
  • Discomfort when consuming hot or cold items
  • Visible holes on the surface of teeth
  • Areas of discoloration

Treating cavities in a timely fashion can protect you from more serious oral health issues, such as tooth loss.

Amalgam Fillings: The Basics

Amalgam fillings have been around for over a century. They are comprised of a mixture of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. This metal alloy is highly durable and can withstand the constant bite force of chewing. Amalgam fillings are more affordable than composite resin material and typically offer longer-lasting results.  However, it is important to note that metal fillings are highly visible. As a result, dentists typically use amalgam on molars.

A Comparison

amalgam vs. composite
Amalgam fillings are more durable than composite material, but they are also more visible.

Keep in mind that fillings are appropriate in cases of mild to moderate dental decay. More extensive tooth decay may require an inlay or onlay or a dental crown. If decay has penetrated to the innermost portion of the tooth, you may require root canal therapy to restore the remaining structure.

The Treatment Process

During the examination, your dentist can use special dental tools to locate soft spots in the enamel. Your dentist may also request x-rays to identify early stages of decay. These images can also reveal the severity and extent of any decay that is present.

Typically, the procedure can be performed on the same day as a consultation. The doctor can begin by administering a local anesthetic to numb the teeth and surrounding tissues. The compromised tissue will then be removed and the tooth will be carefully reshaped to accommodate the amalgam material. The dentist can then fill the cavity with amalgam. Once complete, you may be asked to bite down to ensure the material does not disrupt your occlusion. If necessary, your dentist can trim and re-contour the material.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Amalgam

Affordability and longevity are perhaps two of the greatest advantages of amalgam fillings. In addition, they are easy to maintain and can withstand the constant pressure of biting and chewing.  While amalgam fillings offer many great benefits, there are a few risks and disadvantages to consider. Amalgam:

  • Does not blend with natural enamel
  • Can cause the tooth to appear darker or gray
  • Does not bond as tightly to the tooth as composite resin
  • Can expand and contract under drastic temperature changes
  • Requires more tooth preparation and a larger amount of enamel removal
  • Can cause health concerns for patients with metal allergies

If you have concerns about amalgam material, you may wish to speak with your dentist about tooth-colored fillings.

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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