Composite fillings, also known as bonded fillings or bonded white fillings are used to repair teeth that are affected by tooth decay, cracks or fractures. Composite fillings are often used to replace old amalgam/silver fillings and can be viable options to porcelain veneers on front teeth. Composite fillings may also be used to close gaps between front teeth and when erosion or gum recession is present.
Composite Filling Benefits
Composite fillings are ideal fillings for their natural appearance and the near perfect color match with your natural teeth. Composite fillings provide a very strong bond to your teeth, helping to restore your tooth’s natural strength. They require less drilling than silver fillings, therefore there is less tooth structure sacrificed. As a result, the procedure is less invasive, and if the cavity is small, an anesthetic might not be needed. There is no waiting period after composite fillings are placed so you can eat immediately after treatment.
Composite Filling Procedures
The bonding procedure is completed in one visit. After cleaning out the decayed area of the tooth, the resin is applied and light-cured. The resin is trimmed and polished, leaving you with a beautiful and natural-looking restoration.
Composite Filling Frequently Asked Questions
Are composite fillings as strong as amalgams?
Considering that composite fillings have a stronger bond to the tooth than amalgams, they make the tooth more resistant to fracture, therefore they are stronger and a better restoration than amalgams.
How long will composite fillings last?
When properly implemented and with good maintenance, they should last many years.
Will the composite filling treatments hurt?
No, the treatments are painless when the procedure is properly performed.
What are the risks associated with composite fillings?
There are no known risks associated with the treatments.
What special care is required with composite fillings?
Normal maintenance and dental hygiene are required for long lasting composite fillings.
If you have any further questions regarding composite fillings or any other treatment, or would like to schedule an appointment at Dental Health Care Center, please call us at 612.999.1096.