A composite filling, also known as a tooth colored filling, can be used to repair teeth that are affected by decay, fractures, cracks, and other problems. Phillip Fletcher DDS provides composite fillings and restorations in Palo Alto to restore your teeth with a material that blends perfectly with your own natural teeth.
Advantages of Tooth Colored Fillings
Composite resins are used to create aesthetic restorations that match the color of your teeth. This is especially useful for decay and other imperfections in the teeth that can be seen when you smile. While the natural appearance of the material is a main reason people choose tooth colored fillings, there are other advantages.
Composite fillings offer benefits that include:
- Matching the color to your natural looking teeth
- Conservation of the natural structure of the tooth
- Excellent longevity
- Bonds better to the tooth structure
The composite material does not contain mercury like amalgam fillings, which many people prefer to avoid. If you have amalgam fillings and want them removed, it may be possible to replace your metal fillings with composite fillings and restorations.
Filling Cavities & Correcting Imperfections
The main types of fillings are silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings, which match the natural color of your teeth. Because the material bonds to the natural teeth, it creates a stronger restoration compared with amalgam fillings. The composite material can be used to correct more than just cavities and tooth decay, making it a more versatile option for repairing decayed and damaged teeth.
We use composite material to repair:
- Cavities and tooth decay
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Worn teeth
Composite fillings and restorations are extremely versatile and durable. Composite fillings can be used in two ways: as onlays and inlays. Inlays are placed like a typical amalgam filling. Onlays are used to cover the chewing surface and cusps of the teeth. This method is effective for correcting cosmetic imperfections in the teeth, as well as filling cavities. Since less of the natural tooth structure needs to be removed, the restorations are more durable and stronger than amalgam fillings.
How the Fillings are Placed
The process for composite fillings is similar to other filling materials. We start by numbing the area and the decayed tooth material is removed. The space that is left after removal of the decayed material is then cleaned and prepared for the new filling. The composite filling is then placed, shaped, and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and enhance your appearance.
It is normal to experience a bit of sensitivity to hot and cold right after the restoration is placed, but this won’t last long. With proper care, you can expect your fillings and restorations to last for years. If something should go wrong and you lose a filling, they can easily be repaired in our office.
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