Composite fillings or white fillings are modern day filling materials to treat cavities as well as repair chipped or broken teeth. They are metal and mercury free and are completely safe and invisible in the mouth. They come in a variety of shades and blend well with the teeth and appear more natural than the darker amalgam fillings which are easily seen by other people and make patients self-conscious. They are bonded to the teeth making them more stable and stronger than the metal fillings with expand with time making the teeth weaker.
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. 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 resin will be placed over the area and cured with a hand-held light for less than a minute. 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. It’s normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days following treatment, but sensitivity that persists beyond a week should be reported to your dentist.