Composite fillings are becoming far more common than they ever used to be. In the past patients only had darker options to fill cavities, with the most common being a very dark color. Those stood out when you smiled and were not very aesthetically pleasing. Thankfully, today patients have a great option that not only functions well but also looks great. That option is composite fillings. Here at Crestview Dental Group in Santa Clara, we are very pleased to be able to offer our patients composite fillings, and here’s why.
Tooth Colored Fillings
When we talk about a composite filling, we mean the tooth-colored fillings that are hardly noticeable to the naked eye. They are a combination of glass and plastic that is matched to the color of your tooth. It’s a great option for filling in after decay has damaged your tooth. However, composite filling materials can also be used to help improve the color of the surrounding teeth or even to help reshape a tooth with a minor disfigurement.
Placing a Composite Filling
To get the composite filling ready, we have to prepare your tooth the same way as we had to in the past, by having you come into our Santa Clara, CA office, removing the decay from the tooth, and making sure the area to be filled was clean. From there, we apply layers of the composite material into your tooth, hardening it in place with a light between each layer. This allows it to become incredibly strong, and to get into all of the crevices on the inside of your tooth. Once all of the layers are completed, we then shape the composite filling to perfectly fit in the natural tooth, and then we polish the filling. This helps to prevent the filling from wearing out prematurely and prevents staining.
The Pros and Cons of Composite Fillings
There are both good sides and bad sides to composite fillings, but typically, the bad sides are outweighed by the positives. Composite fillings are aesthetically pleasing, which is one of the biggest perks of getting them. They can be shaded to match your tooth, and they are very hard to notice. They are strong and supportive, helping to strengthen the remaining structure of your tooth. The first bad side of composite fillings is that some patients experience a little tooth sensitivity after the procedure is completed, but this nearly always goes away on its own in a short time. Plus, if you get a very large filling, they tend to wear out a little sooner. However, when you are getting a smaller filling, composites are just as durable as their metal counterparts.
To find out more about composite fillings, just give us a call at (408) 669-5400. We can bring you in to our Santa Clara CA dental practice, take a look at your teeth, and show you what can be done with composite fillings. We can even take out old, dark fillings and replace them with white, tooth-matching fillings. Contact us today at (408) 669-5400, and let us show you how we can help!
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