Cavities are one of the most common dental problems and it is very likely that you will develop at least once cavity during your lifetime. To restore decayed teeth, as well as teeth that may have become chipped or fractured, our office offers composite fillings. Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, clear fillings, or white fillings, are a mixture of glass and plastic that is used to fill cavities or repair damaged teeth. In some cases, they can also be used to improve the appearance of otherwise healthy teeth. Since composite fillings blend with the teeth and contain no metal, most patients can’t even see the filling once it has been placed.
Did You Know?
Composite fillings offer our patients the following benefits:
- Aesthetics: composite fillings can be customized in terms of shape and color, meaning that they will blend seamlessly with your natural tooth structure.
- Strength: composite fillings are able to bond directly with the tooth enamel, meaning that less of the natural tooth structure will need to be modified. This maintains the tooth’s strength and decreases the risk of damage.
- Insulated: unlike amalgam fillings, which can expand and contract with temperature changes, composite fillings are insulated and maintain their shape despite shifts in temperature.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for a composite filling?
You may be a candidate for a composite filling if you have a tooth with a small to medium area of decay or damage. Composite fillings can be used to restore decayed or damaged teeth anywhere in the mouth. Additionally, the composite used for composite fillings can also also be used to improve the appearance of healthy teeth by altering their size, shape, or spacing. To determine if a composite filling is right for you, schedule a consultation with Sedation Dental Care at Raleigh Smile Center today.
What can I expect when having a composite filling placed?
Composite fillings are a type of direct restoration, meaning that they can be completed in a single dental appointment without the need for a dental laboratory. Before placing a composite filling, your dentist will first remove the decayed tissue and clean the surrounding area. Then, composite resin will be placed inside the remaining cavity. When it is first applied, composite resin is a thick gel, so it will need to be hardened in place using a special curing light. In most cases, composite resin is hardened one layer at a time, with about three layers being used for composite fillings. The final layer will be shaped and polished so that it blends in with the surrounding tooth structure.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after having a composite filling placed?
After having a composite filling placed, you will be able to return to your normal routine. In the first few days after your filling was placed, you may experience some minor tooth sensitivity as your tooth adjusts to the new filling. To care for your filling, you will need to practice regular oral hygiene and attend regular dental exams and cleanings.
Can dental sedation be used?
Yes! Dental sedation, also known as anxiety-free dentistry, is ideal for individuals who have dental anxiety, a sensitive gag reflex, or for those who simply want to relax during their dental procedure. Your dental sedation options include:
- Nitrous Oxide
- Oral & IV Sedation
- General Anesthesia