Composite fillings – also known as tooth-colored fillings – are dental restorations designed to be inconspicuous and natural in appearance. They blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than amalgam fillings, which are darker and more easily seen by other people. Composite fillings are made of ceramic and plastic compounds that chemically bond to the teeth, meaning that less of the natural tooth structure needs to be modified. Dental composite is a multi-component versatile material with numerous features that can be customized for patient-specific needs, such as filling in decayed areas of the teeth or repairing damaged teeth.
Our office consistently researches dental advancements so that we can offer revolutionary innovative products to address each of our patient’s individual needs. One recent advancement that has revolutionized dental fillings are bioactive restorative materials. Bioactive restorative materials are used to fill cavities, while also stimulating the tooth tissues to regenerate, preventing future decay, improving the lifespan of restorations, and lowering the risk of infection. Additionally, we use desensitizing material to facilitate post-operative adaption and prevent post-operative pain associated with having a filling placed.
Did you know…
that composite fillings allow dentists to preserve more of the natural tooth structure? This is because composite materials chemically bond to the surface of the tooth like an adhesive. The process takes slightly longer to complete than traditional amalgam fillings, but patients can preserve more of the natural portion of the teeth while enjoying a restoration that is discreet and understated.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for tooth-colored fillings?
If you have a cavity, broken tooth, or a deteriorated filling, you may be a candidate for a tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings can be used to restore or repair teeth in the front and back of the mouth. When used in the back of the mouth, a stronger material is used to prevent fractures caused by biting forces. Schedule a dental consultation to find out if composites are right for you.
What should I expect if my dentist decides a composite filling is right for me?
During your visit, your gums and teeth will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic near the site of the filling. Once the area is numb, the decayed or damaged portion of your teeth will be removed to make room for the new tooth-colored filling. A layer of resin will be placed over the area and cured with a hand-held light for less than a minute. On average, it takes about three layers to completely fill the cavity. The new filling will then be shaped and polished before the procedure is complete.
What type of post-treatment care is required after getting a composite filling?
Composite fillings are cured with light at your dentist’s office. You should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. Although it’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment, we use a desensitizing material to decrease any discomfort.