In the past, patients who had cavities were automatically given metal fillings.
Now, however, composite fillings are one of the most popular ways to treat a cavity and restore a tooth’s health and strength. We provide composite fillings in our office to provide patients with the most attractive and natural-looking solution for cavities.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are dental fillings made of a resin composite, as opposed to silver amalgam, gold, or other materials that are sometimes used. We use a resin composite material to fill the cavity and restore the tooth’s strength and stability without compromising the tooth’s aesthetic.
Brief history about composite fillings
Composite fillings became a popular choice beginning in the 1990s, as concern grew about the mercury in dental fillings. The popularity of tooth-colored fillings has increased dramatically in the last 20 years, as many people find silver fillings to appear dated and unsightly.
Who can benefit from composite fillings?
Patients who need to have cavities filled and are looking for a long-lasting, attractive option can greatly benefit from composite fillings. Patients of all ages are usually eligible for composite fillings.
- Almost any patient who has a cavity is a good candidate for a composite filling.
- Fillings are necessary to prevent the decay from progressing to the point that the tooth breaks or falls out.
- Patients who have cavities may experience unpleasant symptoms such as pain, sensitivity, and swelling.
- Getting a composite filling is, for many patients, the best solution.
- In addition, most fillings will need to be replaced at some point. Many patients now choose to have their old fillings replaced with composite fillings.
Why choose composite fillings?
- Many patients who choose composite fillings do so because they prefer a more natural look.
- These fillings are tooth-colored, so they match the rest of the teeth and provide a more attractive result than gold or silver fillings.
- Composite fillings can also help patients look younger, as silver fillings are often an indicator of old dental work.
- Tooth-colored fillings are durable and designed to last several years.
How are composite fillings placed?
When a cavity is found, it’s important to take care of it right away.
- First, an anesthetic is used to numb the area.
- Then, the decayed tooth matter is removed and the rest of the tooth is cleaned.
- Next, we’ll select just the right shade of white to match the rest of your teeth.
- Finally, the composite resin is used to replace the missing tooth structure.
When can I get composite fillings?
As soon as a cavity is discovered, it will need to be filled. At that point, our experienced dentist will be able to discuss the type of material you’d prefer for your filling. In addition to having new cavities filled, some patients also choose to have their old, silver fillings replaced with composite resin, which can help them look younger and healthier and increase their self-confidence. We take the utmost care to make sure your tooth is restored to a healthy, attractive state.