Composite Fillings are materials used to treat cavities or tooth decay. When plaque acids make a hole in the tooth, the hole must be removed or filled to prevent further damage. Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores provides tooth-colored dental fillings that look healthy and natural.
What are Composite Fillings?
Fillings can be made of silver amalgam (traditional paste of several metals, including mercury), precious metal such as gold, glass ionomer, porcelain, or composite resin. Each material has its pros and cons, but composite is ideal if you want the most healthy and natural look.
Unlike silver amalgam, composite resin fillings contain no metal or mercury that may potentially leak. Composite dental fillings can be used to treat cavities in the front and back teeth. Modern technology has made it possible to create composite fillings that are as durable as traditional materials. Best of all, composite fillings are “invisible”—they blend in with your natural teeth and do not leave an ugly gray spot.
Other advantages of composite fillings:
• Composite fillings bond with the tooth and strengthen the structure.
• No significant enamel removal is required.
• Composite fillings can last for years.
• Composite resin does not conduct heat or cold, minimizing tooth sensitivity.
How White Dental Fillings are Placed
White dental fillings can be placed in one appointment. First, trusted Longmeadow, MA dentist Dr. Dores will isolate the tooth and protect the rest of your mouth with a rubber dam. Next, your dentist will clean the tooth, remove decay, and shape it. The right shade of composite resin is mixed and applied to the tooth layer by layer. Each layer is cured or hardened by special light. The filling is then trimmed, adjusted, and polished.