Composite fillings are the treatment of choice for small to medium-sized cavities. They are a tooth-colored resin-based material that comes in numerous tooth shades. They have a long history of being safe and effective. In addition to fillings, this material is also very effective for repairing small to medium-sized chips in front teeth.
We understand that you have questions about the benefits of composite fillings. There are many benefits to choosing a composite filling over an amalgam filling, but the number one factor is cosmetic appearance.
Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing teeth, and are not noticeable— this means that composite fillings can be placed anywhere in your mouth and won’t detract from your smile.
Another reason that our experienced staff may recommend a composite filling is that the material hardens quickly and requires less drilling. Some patients experience less overall sensitivity to composite fillings. The material is also used to fix cracks and chips in teeth and is bonded to your tooth.
When you come in for your appointment, the dentist will review your chart. Our friendly staff will prepare you for the procedure by numbing the gums surrounding the damaged tooth. Our experienced dentist will remove the decay from the tooth and fill it with the composite. Your mouth will still feel numb after the filling is placed, but the anesthesia will wear off in about 1-2 hours.
We will advise you to follow up treatment and answer any questions you have after the treatment is done.