Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are dental restorations used to treat cavities and other minor tooth damage. They are made of a composite resin material that is applied to the tooth and cured or hardened with a special light. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of a patient’s natural teeth.
Dr. Engle is a native Arlington resident with over 30 years of experience in the dentistry field. He is experienced in providing cosmetic treatments like tooth-colored fillings and gives his patients the best care possible in a comfortable environment.
What are the Benefits of Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are popular because they offer patients the following benefits:
- Composite fillings perfectly blend in with the natural color of your tooth.
- They contain a plastic and glass compound that closely resembles the luster of your natural teeth.
- Composite fillings require less removal of the tooth structure when compared to amalgam fillings.
- They are less likely to cause temperature sensitivity.
- They are less prone to wear out and offer excellent sealing properties.
- Composite fillings protect the tooth from further damage.
Composite Filling Placement Procedure
Once the local sedative has kicked in, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and existing fillings. Next, the area is thoroughly sterilized. The tooth is then etched, and a bonding gel is applied. The composite filling material is then placed and shaped over the tooth, after which the dentist hardens the material with a specialized curing light. Finally, the filling is smoothed and polished so that it is comfortable and natural-looking.
Composite Filling Aftercare
Composite fillings are durable and long-lasting, but it’s important to properly care for your fillings so that they don’t become damaged over time. Composite fillings can be sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, so avoid chewing on hard foods and consuming beverages like coffee or soda. You should also avoid chewing on pens or pencils, as you could damage your fillings by accidentally chewing on their edges.
Are Composite Fillings Safe?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored, making them an attractive option for many patients. Since composite fillings bond to the tooth enamel, they can be a great option for filling cavities. Their enamel-like properties can be effective against tooth decay. Composite fillings can also be used to restore teeth that are chipped, fractured, broken, or worn.
They are significantly safer compared to metal fillings, as they do not expand and contract due to heat and cold. More importantly, composite fillings are biocompatible - meaning they blend well with the natural tissues of the mouth. They don’t cause any adverse reactions with the gums or soft tissues of the mouth.
To find out more about the dental services offered at Arlington Family Dental Care, call (817) 274-8439 or schedule a consultation online. You can also visit us at 2621 Matlock Road, Suite 103, Arlington, TX 76015.