Composite fillings, commonly referred to as “white fillings” are becoming increasingly more popular over silver amalgam fillings. This is because they can be matched to the shade of your tooth and leave you with very natural results. They often require less tooth structure to be removed because of how they are bonded to the tooth. Our white fillings are placed using materials of the highest quality to ensure you are receiving the best restoration possible.
- Created to match your tooth to ensure a natural look and feel
- Because composite fillings can be created in smaller preparations, less of your tooth structure is lost and less drilling is needed
- The material is made from acrylic and glass particles, containing no mercury or other metals
- Provides support to remaining tooth structure, and insulates against temperature changes
The Filling Process
Decay is first removed from the tooth in preparation for composite placement. Next the tooth surface is cleaned and an adhesive is applied to bond the composite material to the tooth. The composite material is added and hardened with a special curing light. Many times, the composite material is added in several layers. After curing, adjustments are made to the surface of the filling to allow it to properly fit into the patient’s bite. Finally, the filling is polished, leaving the surface smooth like a natural tooth. Once the numbness wears off it is okay to chew on the fillings.