Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are fillings made up of a blend of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium. They are used to repair a tooth that has been affected by a cavity or damaged by trauma. Composite fillings can also be used to help rebuild a broken or chipped tooth.
Advantages of Composite Fillings
- Composite fillings don’t require the dentist to remove a large amount of enamel.
- Composite fillings can offer beautiful results as the material can be custom matched to your tooth’s color, making the restoration virtually invisible.
- Composite fillings are less likely to stain from food, drinks, or tobacco.
- Composite fillings tend to cost less than amalgam fillings, and they last longer than amalgam fillings.
Procedure for Composite Dental Fillings
Before initiating the procedure for composite dental fillings, the dentist will perform an overall dental checkup of the patient to diagnose their issue and assess their candidacy.
The first step of the procedure is to numb the tooth using local anesthesia. The tooth is shaped after removing any decayed or infected parts and prepared for the filling. Next, the dentist places the composite filling material into the cavity, shapes it, and hardens it to fully restore the tooth and its functionality.
After your composite filling has been put in, you will want to take extra care of the area for a few days. We recommend avoiding hot or cold foods and drinks and being careful when chewing food on that side.
J. Russell Danner, DDS, in Oklahoma City, OK, is equipped with the best dental team and modern technologies that enable us to deliver excellent care to our patients. Call us at 405-749-1676 to schedule an appointment today.