Restore teeth with composite dental fillings
No one wants to hear from the dentist that a cavity is detected; however, it’s something nearly everyone will encounter at some point in time. Fortunately, there are composite dental fillings for patients who do develop a cavity. These tooth-colored fillings fill and seal a cavity after the decay has been removed and blend in almost seamlessly with your natural enamel. At Dr. Bostani’s Advanced Dental in Burbank, California, composite dental fillings are one of our most frequent procedures.
What are composite dental fillings?
Composite dental fillings are made of a mixture of ceramic and plastic that can be easily matched to the natural tooth color. Composite dental fillings are natural-looking and more affordable than amalgam fillings, making them an excellent choice for repairing cavities.
The dental filling procedure
The first step in repairing a tooth with a cavity is to remove the decayed area of the tooth. That is done under local anesthetic with the use of a dental drill. Then, the area is thoroughly cleaned out to prevent bacteria from being trapped under the filling and causing further decay. The composite material is then applied to the tooth in layers and cured with a special light. The last step is to ensure the bite is correct and polish the filling to look and feel natural.
Advantages of composite fillings
There are many benefits to using composite fillings over other materials. The filling material is made of an easily moldable resin which allows us to create a tight bond to the tooth structure, resulting in less sensitivity than metal fillings.
Because composite is easily malleable and can be matched to the natural color of your tooth, they can be used for other repairs than fillings such as cracks and chips.
Other notable benefits include:
- Composite fillings do not expand and contract like metal fillings which can cause damage to the tooth.
- Composite fillings require less drilling than metal fillings, allowing the dentist to preserve more of your healthy tooth structure.
- Composite fillings do not contain any harmful substances such as mercury, making them a healthier option.
If you have a toothache and are in pain, it’s important to seek care as soon as possible to prevent the problem from worsening. Composite dental fillings are just one of the many ways we can restore your oral health. If you are in the Burbank, CA area, call us at (818) 918-5533.