Composite fillings treat cavities to protect teeth and restore oral health. There are various types of fillings that dentists can use to fill a cavity. However, composite fillings are the most common type due to their natural appearance and good durability.
Composite fillings consist of a tooth-colored resin composed of plastic and some additives. In some cases, there are also glass particles mixed with the plastic. Although mostly used for treating cavities, a composite filling can also improve a tooth’s cosmetic appearance, such as reshaping a tooth.
Other common types of fillings include gold, porcelain, and silver amalgam. Compared to composite fillings, metal fillings are significantly more visible in the mouth. While porcelain fillings are closer to the surrounding teeth in color, they can be quite costly. For many patients, composite fillings offer a balance of aesthetics, affordability, and durability.
If you have a tooth that requires a filling, composite fillings may be a good option. Composite fillings are available at Smile Dental Studio in Phoenix and the surrounding area.
Fix Decay and More
Composite fillings primarily fix tooth decay. They can also fix cracks, chips, and tooth wear. This helps to restore a tooth’s function and health.
Composite fillings are very subtle. Our dentist can color-match the filling to the surrounding teeth. Many patients prefer this natural appearance.
Strong Bonding to Teeth
It can help to strengthen and support the remaining natural tooth. This filling provides support to prevent or slow the worsening of further tooth damage.
Relative to other filling types, especially silver amalgam, composite filling requires little drilling. These fillings can fit into small cavity spaces.
Before removing any decayed or damaged enamel, our skilled dentists will numb the treatment area to ensure a painless experience.
Removal of Decay
Using a drill or laser, we carefully remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible.
Cleaning and Drying
The treated area is thoroughly cleaned and dried to create an optimal environment for the composite filling.
Probing & Checking
Our dentist may probe the treatment site to ensure all decay is removed, leaving a clean surface for the filling.
Finally, we fill the cavity with the composite material, matching the color to your natural teeth for a seamless and natural appearance.
The primary purpose of composite fillings is to treat tooth decay, restoring the tooth's function and health.
Cracks and Chips
Composite fillings can also repair minor cracks and chips in the teeth, preventing further damage.
If your teeth show signs of wear, composite fillings can help restore their strength and support.
What happens during filling placement?
Typically, we will number the area before removing any decayed or damaged tooth enamel with a drill or laser. Then, we will clean and dry the area. Our dentist may probe the treatment site to check for any missed decay. Finally, we fill the cavity with the patient’s filling material of choice.
What is the cost of getting a composite filling?
Composite fillings are usually more expensive than silver amalgam but less than gold or porcelain. Every insurance plan is different. People should make sure to contact their insurance provider to learn more about composite filling coverage before seeking treatment.
How can I care for my tooth-colored filling?
According to WebMD, good dental hygiene practices can help with filling care. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes, floss, and use mouthwash. Also, visit the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
Are there any side effects of getting composite fillings?
Patients may experience some sensitivity or discomfort around the treatment area. However, these symptoms are normal and temporary. In rare cases, patients may have an allergic reaction to some filling types; however, this is uncommon with composites.
How do long do composite fillings last?
Composite fillings typically last an average of seven years. However, a study from the Journal of Dental Research found that they can last for ten or more years if the fillings are smaller and the patient has good oral health. Patients who take good care of their oral health and hygiene can lengthen their composite filling lifespan.
Our skilled dentists can color-match the composite filling to your surrounding teeth, providing a natural and subtle appearance.
Composite fillings strengthen and support the remaining natural tooth, helping to prevent or slow down further damage.
Compared to other filling types, especially silver amalgam, composite fillings require minimal drilling and can fit into small cavity spaces.
Composite fillings offer a balance of aesthetics, affordability, and durability, making them an excellent choice for many patients.