What is a Composite Filling?
Composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings consist of a combination of plastic and glass particles. In recent years, they have become quite popular, mostly because the filling material can be made to closely match the color of the existing tooth. Under certain circumstances, dental filling preparation with tooth-colored fillings requires less removal of the decay and enamel. Another advantage is that white fillings easily bond to the tooth structure.
White fillings are the future of dental filling procedures. Advancements in dental technology have made white fillings harder and stronger than traditional amalgam fillings. White fillings are ideal for cavities on the visible parts of a tooth and even the front teeth. This material is especially useful for cavities that develop between teeth where bacteria can hide and erode tooth enamel. White fillings between teeth, especially when visible, allow people to maintain their natural smile.
What is the Filling Process?
Once the decay is completely removed from the tooth, a cleansing gel is applied followed by a bonding solution. This solution helps with bonding the composite material to the inside of the tooth structure. After the tooth is filled with white filling, it is hardened with a high-intensity blue light.
When the composite material is hardened, we can check to ensure proper shape, comfort, and look. At this point, excess material may be trimmed if necessary. Finally, we can apply a high polish to add the finishing touches.
What to Expect
Just like any other filling, you may experience slight discomfort. This is perfectly normal. Discomfort at the site of the anesthetic or at the tooth itself is expected. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be recommended, preferably something with ibuprofen.
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Receiving individualized dental attention is something we strive for. Whether you are looking for routine dental maintenance or a smile makeover, Dr. Bruce Lee and Dr. Robert Lee offer only the best family and cosmetic dental services. We can devise a treatment plan and schedule appointments to accommodate your schedule. Personalized dental care is a phone call away. To schedule your consultation, fill out our online form or call (303) 400-9700.