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Composite Tooth Fillings
When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.
If you have silver fillings, we can replace them with composite fillings. Composite fillings are longer lasting and safer than silver fillings. Composite fillings contract and stabilize the tooth. Silver fillings, by contrast, tend to swell and weaken the tooth. This can cause the tooth to crack and break, requiring further intervention to repair it.
A composite filling is also known as a tooth-colored filling since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide good durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.
Composite tooth fillings can be used for:
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
How Fillings are Done
After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, and hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothened and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.
Our dental professionals use cutting-edge technology and the safest available materials to make all the fillings we use. We guarantee a perfect fit, excellent function, and longevity- as well as the best possible appearance. Just as with natural teeth, with good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular visits to your dentist are recommended in order to promote the maximum life for the filling and help ensure comfort and good oral health for you.