Composite Filling

An Esthetic & Durable Solution for Damaged Teeth

Do you have a tooth that is decayed, fractured, or cracked? If so, you may need a dental filling to restore your tooth and prevent further damage. A dental filling is a type of dental restoration that fills the cavity or hole in your tooth after the decayed or injured part is removed. There are different types of fillings available, but one of the most popular and esthetic options is composite fillings.

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored material called composite resin, which consists of a mixture of plastic and glass particles. Composite resin can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth, so it blends in seamlessly with your smile. Composite fillings can be used to repair teeth that are affected by decay, fractures, cracks, chips, or wear. They can also be used to close gaps between teeth, reshape teeth, or cover stains or discolorations.

Are composite fillings right for me?

Composite fillings are a great option for restoring teeth affected by decay or damage. They can enhance your smile and protect your oral health. However, they may not be suitable for everyone or every situation. Your dentist will examine your teeth and discuss your needs and preferences with you to determine if composite fillings are right for you. 

Some factors to keep in mind that may help you determine are:

  • The size and location of the cavity
  • The condition and strength of the remaining tooth structure
  • Your medical history and allergies
  • Your budget and insurance coverage

If you have any questions about composite fillings or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

Composite fillings have several advantages over other types of fillings, such as amalgam (silver) fillings or gold fillings. Some of the benefits of composite fillings are:

What are the drawbacks of composite fillings?

Composite fillings also have some drawbacks that you should be aware of before choosing them. Some of the drawbacks of composite fillings are:

  • They may not last as long as metal fillings, especially under heaving chewing or grinding.
  • They may cost more than metal fillings, depending on the size and location of the cavity.
  • They require a longer and more complex procedure than metal fillings, as the tooth has to be kept clean and dry during the placement.
  • They may release small amounts of substances that be harmful to health, although more research is needed to confirm this.

These risks are rare and can be minimized by choosing a qualified and experienced dentist, following the pre- and post-operative instructions carefully, and maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings can be placed in one visit to the dentist, usually in less than an hour. The procedure involves the following steps:

The Procedure

  • The dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic.
  • The dentist will use a drill or a laser to remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth.
  • The dentist will clean and disinfect the cavity and apply a special gel to help the resin bond to the tooth.
  • The dentist will apply the resin in thin layers, using a light to harden each layer.
  • The dentist will shape and polish the filling to match the contour and appearance of your tooth.
  • The dentist will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments.

How do I care for my composite fillings?

Composite fillings are durable and resistant to stains, but they still require proper care and maintenance to last longer and prevent problems. 

Here are some tips on how to care for your composite fillings:

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If you are interested in composite fillings or want to learn more about it, please contact us today to schedule a consultation. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you achieve the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon!