We use the most advanced method of filling cavities, with composite resin material rather than the metal or amalgam fillings of days gone by. Composite tooth fillings are used to repair teeth that are damaged by decay, cracks, chips, or to fill in unwanted spaces between teeth. The decayed part of the tooth is removed and the space is filled with a strong, natural-looking composite resin. Fillings help to remove decay and restore dental health for our patients.
Composite resins also make fillings less noticeable. The shade of the filling matches your natural tooth color, thanks to a mix of BPA-free resin and fine-ground ceramic that can be mixed to an exact shade. The composite filling supports the remaining structure of the tooth to prevent breakage and further decay. The material lasts as long as amalgam fillings, but enables the patient to retain more of the tooth and enjoy a natural-looking smile.
We offer composite fillings in Redding and Red Bluff office locations.
what to expect with composite fillings
Composite fillings are completed in one visit. The first step is to numb the tooth and clean out the decayed area. Your dentist will remove as little of the tooth structure as possible to minimize the size of the filling, while completely removing the decay. The area is then cleaned and filled with the composite resin, restoring the shape of the natural tooth. The resin is then bonded to the tooth and smoothed to remove any sharp edges or rough surfaces. When the decay extends near the root, or nerve of the tooth, a medication is placed before the composite filling by our dentists.
Composite fillings are very durable and resistant to cracking or breaking. However, not all decay or cavities can be treated with simple fillings; your dentist may recommend alternate treatments like crowns or root canals for more serious dental issues. We are always happy to talk through possible treatments and options with our patients.
When fillings are placed, you may be sensitive to heat and cold at first, but this subsides once you get used to the new filling. It’s also important to keep up good brushing and flossing habits after having fillings, to reduce wear and any staining that may happen. While composite fillings have many benefits, they also are vulnerable to staining just like your natural teeth, so good dental hygiene is needed. For more information about fillings and our other services, please contact us for an appointment.
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