Uses of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings can be used to restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks, or other types of trauma. They are also a popular choice for cosmetic bonding, which can be used to repair chips, cracks, or gaps between teeth. Cosmetic bonding can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office, making it a convenient and affordable option for improving the appearance of teeth.
Composite fillings can be used on most teeth, including molars and back teeth. However, in some cases, amalgam fillings may still be the preferred choice for large fillings or areas with heavy biting force.
Procedure For Composite Fillings
The procedure for placing a composite filling is similar to that for an amalgam filling. First, the dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure the patient is comfortable during the procedure. Then, any decay or damaged tooth structure will be removed, and the tooth will be prepared for the filling material.
The composite resin material is then placed in the prepared area and shaped to fit the contours of the tooth. A special curing light is used to harden the material, which is then polished to create a smooth, natural-looking surface.
Caring For Composite Fillings
Composite fillings require the same level of care as natural teeth. Patients should brush and floss regularly and visit their dentist for routine cleanings and checkups to ensure the filling remains in good condition. Composite fillings can be more prone to staining than natural teeth, so patients should avoid consuming dark-colored foods and drinks, such as coffee or red wine, or use a straw when drinking to minimize contact with the teeth.
If you need a tooth repair or filling, white composite fillings or bonding may be the right treatment for you. To learn more about cosmetic fillings and bonding treatments, contact us at Envision Dental. We offer many advanced cosmetic services to help you achieve a beautiful smile.