What are Composite Fillings?
Composite resin has long been used in filling procedures to give a natural, realistic look to the teeth. When a tooth has become compromised with decay, a filling can be placed to restore structure and integrity to that particular tooth. Composite fillings can last for years and are often used in areas of the mouth where a typical metal (amalgam) filling would fall out. The procedure to place a composite filling is done quickly and effortlessly.
Why would you want or need Composite Fillings?
Most often, a composite filling is needed because you have a cavity. Multiple fillings on the same side of your mouth can be placed at the same time as your initial appointment. You may want to replace older metal fillings with composite resin. This provides a more natural look to your smile and gets rid of old restorations from your teeth.
What are the benefits of Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are matched specifically to your smile. This means that you can benefit from a smile that looks natural despite having one or more fillings. Likewise, the filling contains absolutely no metal, so it’s a safer option for more sensitive patients. Composite fillings are smoothed into place and hardened using a curing light, providing a comfortable, confident feel.
What can you expect when having Composite Fillings placed?
The doctor will administer a local anesthetic before the filling procedure is started. The decay in and around the tooth is removed completely. The area is prepped for the filling material and then the composite resin is poured into this new hole. The composite is smoothed out to make it even and uniform with the tooth. A curing light is then used to harden the material into the hole and keep it in place. You’ll be able to go home in about a half hour after coming into the office. The procedure provides you with a restoration that lasts for years with routine care and maintenance.
If you need a composite filling or are looking to replace old metal fillings, call our office and we can work to get you scheduled with an appointment.