Dental Fillings An Overview
Composite dental fillings, also called “white” fillings, are made of composite resin and used to restore teeth that have small cavities, chips or worn edges. They are called “white” fillings because of the natural, tooth color of the material. Unlike inlays and onlays that are crafted in an outside lab, composite dental fillings can be made on-site and completed in a single office visit.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
A composite “white” filling is used when the cavity is small and the patient desires a natural-looking restoration. Dental fillings save tooth structure and prevent problems associated with advanced tooth decay. It is important to schedule regular dentist visits and brush and floss twice a day to prevent cavities from forming. However, dental fillings can clean out teeth and stop decay at the source.
First, Dr. Hoard will numb the area, then prepare the tooth for restoration, removing any decay. Next, a bio-compatible dental resin is applied directly to the tooth to fill in the cavity. Once it has been cured, the composite dental filling is smoothed and shaped for fit and comfort.
No special technology is necessary for the use of composite dental fillings, just the artistic skill of a trained cosmetic dentist to ensure natural looking, comfortable results.
Recover/Post Op Expectations:
Some discomfort or tenderness in the area of the filling may be experienced after the procedure. Ibuprofen can reduce the symptoms.
Complications from the use of composites are unlikely. It is possible that you may need an adjustment to accommodate your natural bite, and there may be minor sensitivity for a few days.
Am I A Candidate for Composite Dental Fillings?
If you have either a small cavity or an existing small metal filling you wish to have replaced, you are a candidate for a composite “white” dental filling. For patients who have larger cavities, large old metal fillings or teeth that are structurally weakened, Dr. Hoard may recommend a dental inlay or only or a dental crown to provide added protection and support.
Contact us to learn more about composite dental fillings and find out if they are right for you.