A composite filling is composed of a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that can restore decayed or damaged teeth. They are generally used when a small or medium-sized cavity needs to be filled in your tooth. Composite fillings can also be used to enhance the beauty of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a flawed tooth. Their enamel-colored design provides patients with a natural look for a flawless smile.
At Stevens Creek Family Dentistry, we have the necessary experience to place these tooth-colored fillings and can work to ensure that the patient is comfortable throughout the procedure.
What Are the Reasons for Composite Fillings?
There are several reasons when composite fillings can be used. They include:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing gap between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
What Are the Advantages of Composite Fillings?
A composite filling requires very minimal removal of the tooth's enamel compared to other types of fillings. Once the filling has bonded with the natural tooth, the entire tooth becomes more robust overall.
Composite fillings can be placed in two ways, onlays or inlays. The onlay will be inserted after preparing the tooth and then hardened to the natural tooth, giving it added strength.
Once the composite is applied to your tooth, a special light is flashed inside your mouth to help the bonding agent harden faster. Typically, the filling is cured and set within a few minutes.
When compared with other fillings materials, composite resins have fewer instances of tooth sensitivity. This is because the resin protects teeth from the hot and cold temperatures of the foods and drinks we eat daily.
Should your fillings begin to degrade from accidental damage caused by excessive chewing or grinding of the teeth, Dr. Tracy Ngo will be able to clean and repair your filling as necessary.
What Is the Procedure For a Composite Filling?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Tracy Ngo will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay is near the tooth's nerve, a special medication would be applied for added protection.
The composite is then placed in layers and hardened by using laser light. After the layers of composite have been applied, it is molded to fit the tooth. The composite filling is then polished to prevent staining and premature wear.
Dr. Tracy Ngo at Stevens Creek Dentistry in Santa Clara can help transform your smile. Call us today at 408-261-8882 to schedule your appointment and learn more about composite fillings.