Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings Clearwater Fl

Do you have points of damage in your teeth due to decay or otherwise? Composite fillings may be recommended as part of your oral health treatment plan. Without question, composite fillings are an important procedural component when it comes to smile restoration. Developed in the 1960s, these fillings work well for a broad collection of smile imperfections and have grown to be the gold standard in restorative dental care for their efficiency and cosmetic appearance. The Dentist Place uses composite fillings on a daily basis to give our patients a healthier smile. 

What Are Composite Fillings?

A composite filling is a type of material used to either repair or fill a tooth that has been affected by issues with decay or damage. When a composite filling is installed, the damaged tooth material will be drilled away, and then the filling material is used to restore the natural appearance of the tooth. 

Composite fillings are made out of different types of resins, including ceramic and acrylic. Therefore, the filling material can be pigmented so that it perfectly matches the color of the tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings made of metal compounds, composite tooth fillings are not visible when done properly. The material is the same color as the natural tooth, which offers a more aesthetically appealing finish.

Dental Situations Suitable for Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are most widely used to fill points of decay (cavities) to restore the tooth to its natural appearance and functionality. However, there are a number of situations when composite tooth filling may be used, such as: 

  • To repair a chipped tooth 
  • To reduce the size of visible gaps between the teeth 
  • To repair a fractured or broken tooth 
  • To reshape worn teeth 
  • To correct small imperfections for a more uniform smile

What to Expect During Dental Filling Treatment

If we schedule you for composite fillings, you should know that the process is generally painless and does not take too long to complete. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the nerves around the affected tooth so you don’t feel anything while the work is being done. 

All treatments can be somewhat different based on the circumstances, but the general process of getting a composite filling for a point of decay will look something like this: 

  1. The mouth is numbed with a local anesthetic 
  2. Tools are used to remove damaged or affected points of decay 
  3. The opening  in the tooth is thoroughly cleaned 
  4. A small extrusion device is used to fill the new opening with composite material 
  5. Tools are used to shape the filling so it blends with the tooth’s surface 
  6. A light is used to speed up the curing process 
  7. The new filling is polished and smoothed

FAQs About Composite Fillings

Most composite fillings will need to be replaced around the seven-year mark. However, smaller fillings may last up to 10 years if you follow good oral health plans for the long term. The material is highly resilient, but it can wear down a bit with normal biting and chewing. Therefore, all types of fillings do have to be replaced at some point. 

Composite fillings can be placed in all of your teeth, but they are not the most suitable option for some teeth. For example, if you have a relatively large cavity in a back tooth, amalgam or other restoration materials may be preferred. This is because composites may be more likely to wear down when placed in teeth that bear the brunt of the force when you chew. 

If you are considering teeth whitening services in our office and you have composite fillings, be sure to talk to the dentist before the procedure. Composite fillings do not respond the same to the bleaching agents used during treatment. Therefore, there can be color variations between your fillings and natural teeth. In some cases, the fillings have to be replaced to match the whiter shade of your teeth.

Both types of restoration materials offer benefits for different reasons. Composite and amalgam fillings are the two most commonly used types of fillings. Composite tends to work best for front-facing or visible teeth, while amalgam fillings are usually more suitable for the back teeth. 

Talk to a Clearwater Dentist About Smile Restoration

Whether you are dealing with a chip in one of your front teeth, a bothersome gap you want to be corrected, or points of tooth decay, a composite filling may be the answer. If you are looking for smile restoration with composite fillings or otherwise, reach out to the team at The Dentist Place in Clearwater, FL to schedule an appointment. 

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