Composite fillings are sometimes referred to as “tooth-colored fillings” or white fillings. They are restorations used to repair minor decay and fractures within the teeth. Composite fillings are custom shades that are matched to the color of your natural teeth. Composite fillings blend in very naturally with the rest of the tooth and with your smile. Composite fillings are a simple dental procedure and they can usually be placed within one visit in our comfortable dental office. Once composite fillings are completed they are very strong and aesthetic. Composite fillings are very durable and natural looking compared to the older style silver (amalgam) fillings that were previously used. Many people are aware of the negative effects of metals and mercury within the body, so since composite fillings contain no mercury or other metals they are a more sensible choice when considering this restorative procedure.
Composite filllings may be necessary if your teeth become affected due to minor decay, cavities, and/or fractures in the teeth. The process begins by the dentist removing the decayed or damaged area of the tooth. Next the dentist fills the tooth with composite resin and then he will shape and polish the filling to match the rest of your tooth. Once this step is complete the composite filling blends in naturally with the rest of your tooth. If you would like to switch out your old amalgam fillings for a composite filling or would like to find out some more information please feel free to call or visit our office so we can provide you with the help that you may need.
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Contain no harmful mercury or metals
- No thin dark line over gums
- Bond directly with your tooth surface
- Offer durability over a long term
- Seal teeth from bacteria