Everything You Need to Know About Composite Dental Fillings

Everything You Need to Know About Composite Dental Fillings

Posted by Daniel Lee on Apr 8 2023, 03:25 AM

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore a tooth damaged by decay or trauma. At East Burn Dentistry and Implants, these fillings can also be used cosmetically to change your teeth' color, shape, or size. Composites bond to the teeth, making them stronger and more stable than the alternatives. However, they are less durable than metal fillings and may need to be replaced after several years.

Many patients prefer these fillings because they are more aesthetically pleasing than metal fillings. Metal fillings are often silver in color, while composites are more natural looking. Choosing a composite filling is a good idea for patients who do not want anyone to know that they had any work done on their teeth. Your dentist can also use a composite filling to fill a cavity without removing much natural tooth material. This can help them retain as much of your healthy, natural teeth as possible.

The Procedure for Composite Dental Filling 

Dental composite fillings typically require two visits to the dentist’s office to complete. The teeth will be prepared at the first visit, and the composite material will be placed in layers. After each layer is placed and hardened by a special light, the next layer is applied until the tooth is restored to its desired shape and function. A temporary restoration will be placed in the treated area to protect it between appointments. During the next appointment, the restoration will be checked, adjusted as needed, and then permanently cemented into place. A special blue light will ensure the bond between the filling and the tooth is as strong as possible. When taken care of properly, the composite resin material can last for many years before needing to be replaced or repaired.

The Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings

  • Repairing a tooth with a composite filling requires less removal of the tooth structure, so more of the natural tooth is preserved than with other types of fillings.
  • The composite material can be matched to the color of the existing teeth for a seamless smile makeover.
  • Composite fillings require less preparation for the dentist to place the filling. The filling can be bonded to the enamel in one visit.
  • Composite resin is a durable substance that can last several years when cared for properly.
  • A composite filling procedure can usually be completed in a single appointment, eliminating the need for multiple dentist trips.

If you have questions about how a composite filling can benefit your smile, visit East Burn Dentistry and Implants at 1415 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214 or call 503 2334871 to schedule an appointment.

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