Dr. White has placed hundreds of composite fillings for his patients of all ages. Composite fillings (or tooth-colored fillings) are used when tooth decay or cavities are near the front of the mouth or can be seen when you smile or speak. These fillings are made of a mixture of glass or quartz filler combined in resin medium which is made to match your teeth. Composite fillings are used to repair fractures in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Although dentists may choose composite resin for aesthetic purposes, composite fillings have additional benefits. In composite fillings, less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of older types of fillings. This preserves the existing tooth structure for years to come. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing a more conservative repair to the tooth. Generally, it takes longer to place a composite filling as it requires the tooth to stay dry and clean during the procedure.
Steps in a composite resin dental filling:
- The tooth or teeth to be filed are Isolated from saliva to keep it dry.
- The infected part of the tooth is removed by a drill or air abrasion.
- A composite resin is placed in layers over the opening.
- A special light is used to harden each layer of composite resin material.
- After the tooth is filled, the composite resin is shaped to resemble a real tooth.
Composite fillings set up hard right away. There is no waiting time to eat.
Dr. White and his family dental staff are happy to answer any questions you have about composite fillings. Contact Dr. White, your family dentist office today.