What is a Composite Filling?

Composite filling is a popular and effective dental procedure that is used to repair and restore teeth that have been damaged due to decay, cracks, or fractures. The filling material is made of a tooth-colored resin that blends in with the natural color of the tooth, making it virtually impossible to tell that a filling has been done. This type of filling is an excellent option for those who want a natural-looking solution to their dental problems. During the procedure, the dentist will first remove all of the decayed or damaged parts of the tooth before applying the composite resin. The resin is then shaped to fit the contours of the tooth and hardened with a special light, creating a strong and durable bond. Overall, composite fillings are a great choice for those who want to restore their teeth to their natural appearance and function.

Why would a Composite Filling be needed?

Composite filling is a dental procedure that becomes necessary when a tooth is damaged due to decay or trauma. If this damage is left untreated, it can worsen and lead to more serious dental problems such as infection or even tooth loss. However, composite filling is a quick and effective way to repair and restore damaged teeth. It is also considered a more aesthetic option than traditional metal fillings, as it closely matches the color of natural teeth, making it a popular choice for many people seeking dental treatment.

Who would be a candidate for a Composite Filling?

Composite filling is a suitable solution for individuals who have a damaged tooth resulting from various factors such as decay, trauma, or wear and tear. Nonetheless, it is essential to note that the suitability of composite filling as the ideal option is determined by the dentist after inspecting the affected tooth. In some instances, the dentist may recommend a more comprehensive dental procedure as the best way to fully restore the tooth to its optimal functionality.

What happens during the Composite Filling procedure?

During the composite filling procedure, the dentist will first numb the affected tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic. The decay or damaged area of the tooth will then be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the filling material. The composite resin will be applied to the tooth in layers, and each layer will be hardened with a special light. Once the filling is complete, the dentist will shape and polish the filling to match the natural contours of the tooth. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete.

If you are interested in finding out more about Composite Filling, contact us to schedule your consultation.