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When are composite fillings recommended?

composite fillings DallasHave you been told that you have a cavity? Perhaps you suspect that you have developed tooth decay and realize it is time to see a dentist. When it comes to treating minor tooth decay, a filling is the go-to method for protecting tooth structure by preventing decay from deepening and reinforcing external tooth structure with a durable restoration.

In the past, fillings were made from unsightly metals. Today, however, composite fillings are widely available and offer a natural looking restoration that won’t detract from the aesthetics of a smile. Composite fillings might be recommended for a number of reasons – especially for people who value aesthetically pleasing restorations. These restorations can also be used to replace old metal dental work.

Composite Fillings and Appearance

Composite resin is a tooth-colored compound that is made from a mixture of durable plastic and glass. This compound can be tinted to match the exact shade of white as biological teeth so that patients enjoy a seamless transition from their restoration to natural tooth structure. A composite filling is virtually unnoticeable to others. This is very beneficial to people who desire discreet, inconspicuous dental work.

Composite Resin is Biocompatible

Another benefit to composite resin is the fact that this compound bonds very well to biological teeth. In many cases, receiving a composite resin filling requires less tooth preparation than conventional amalgam (metal) fillings. Since less tooth structure is removed, patients can retain as much of their natural tooth as possible. For those concerned about trace mercury vapors found in metal fillings, this compound is ideal.

How Composite Fillings are Placed

For patients, receiving a white filling is not much different than receiving a metal one. First, the area being treated is thoroughly numbed to ensure comfort. Then the treatment area is gently prepared by slowly etching away diseased tooth structure. Composite resin is then applied in liquid form in brush-like strokes. The final step involves hardening composite resin with a curing light so that patients enjoy a durable restoration that lasts for years.

Our dentist provides composite fillings to those affected by tooth decay or those who want to replace old fillings with new ones. Call us today to reserve an appointment.