Fixing Cavities with Tooth Colored Composite Dental Fillings
A tooth-colored filling material is used to restore a tooth with decay. Instead of expanding, a composite filling shrinks, which is overcome by layering of the composite. Our office prefers to use composite because the composite is bonded or glued into place, therefore, we do not have to undercut the tooth or over-prepare the tooth.
Composites are more expensive than amalgams, due to the additional materials and additional time needed by the dentist to ensure they are placed properly. Composite cannot get wet during placement, which can make them difficult to place in very deep areas or in the presence of bleeding.
Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Dental Fillings
See below for many filling-related questions! Don’t see a question that you have? Contact us, we’d love the opportunity to answer it for you!
A filling is a tooth-colored material that is used to restore a tooth that has decay, such as a cavity.
Your dentist might recommend you get a filling if you have a large amount of tooth decay. Getting a filling helps to fill the decay, and ensures proper tooth health.
When you come in for regular cleanings, we will check your teeth for any signs of decay. If you do have tooth decay, such as a cavity, we will recommend a specialized treatment plan for you and your needs.
While it can be normal to feel a little discomfort, it doesn’t hurt to get a filling! In fact, many of our patients said that they didn’t feel anything at all.