Composite Fillings For Decayed Teeth

Hearing that you need dental fillings is a piece of news that no one wants to get. While the procedure isn’t really painful (because the dentist will give you an anesthetic), it’s yet another dental appointment, more time off of work or school, and most people generally view having to go to any kind of doctor’s appointment with displeasure. After all, no one wants to spend much time in that dentist’s chair.

However, today’s technology allows us to have fillings placed quickly and easily, and a great dentist will place fillings that will last you for years without needing a replacement, but not before he or she admonishes you to take better care of your teeth! For those who do need fillings, there are a variety of materials available, including porcelain, silver amalgam, or composite fillings.

Composite Fillings Make Tooth Repair Easy

Composite fillings are used because they are quick and easy. They’re made of plastic and glass, and are made to be tooth colored; the dentist can even change the color for the different shades of pearly whites. That means that your teeth won’t look like they’ve been filled. This is important to many dental patients. Not only do composite fillings fill the hole left by a cavity, but they actually bond to the structure of the tooth, strengthening it against further damage.

When the dentist fills your cavity, he’ll begin by administering an anesthetic. Then, he’ll put a bite blocker into your mouth, so you don’t accidentally bite down!

Next, the decayed part of your tooth is removed. The dentist will rinse your mouth, and then put the composite filling material into your tooth. A curing light is then used to make sure the composite filling dries completely before you close your mouth. It’s typically a pretty quick process.

Composite fillings do have a couple of disadvantages. First, they can be stained, so heavy coffee drinkers should take note! Cleaning your composite fillings isn’t as easy as simply buying a whitening toothpaste. Also, composite fillings are generally more expensive than the silver amalgam fillings. However, most dental insurance will cover the cost of a filling, up to the cost of silver amalgam fillings, so you’ll only need to pay the price difference.