If you have tooth damage or decay that requires treatment, Wentworth Family Dental is here to help! Damage or decay is most often seen in the form of a cavity, which should be treated as soon as possible to avoid worsening or potentially leading to a root canal or extraction. Cavities are most often treated with fillings. Composite fillings are a great option to treat cavities because they seamlessly blend in with the rest of your teeth, so no one will even know you have a filling. They also restore the function and shape of your teeth. Let Wentworth Family Dental help you restore your damaged or decayed teeth with composite fillings!
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What are Composite Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to restore function and shape back to decayed or damaged teeth. When a filling is placed, the decayed or damaged tooth material is removed, the affected area is cleaned, and then the cleaned-out cavity (hole), or the damaged area, is filled with a composite filling material. Traditional fillings are made up of a combination of metals such as silver, tin, and mercury. Copper can also be added to the mix. Composite fillings are made up of a blend of plastic and ceramics that can be colour matched to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your tooth enamel. The Wentworth Family Dental team can create fillings that are almost identical to the shade and colour of the teeth surrounding the site of the cavity, with strength and durability.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
- Can be used to treat even the smallest of cavities
- White composite fillings blend in seamlessly with the rest of the undamaged teeth, making them virtually invisible
- White composite fillings match many of the qualities of natural tooth structure, such as wear-resistance and translucency, as well as strength and durability
What is the Process of Getting a Composite Filling?
An initial consultation will be performed so that your dentist can inspect your teeth and decide if a filling is the best treatment option. Fillings are best suited for minor fractures and decay. A dental filling procedure begins with first administering local anesthetic so that the area surrounding the affected tooth becomes numb. This ensures you remain comfortable throughout. The damaged or decayed tooth, as well as the surrounding areas, are then prepared for the restoration. Any damaged parts of the tooth are removed, and the area is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to remove any remaining bacteria or debris. After your tooth is prepared, the white filling material is placed in thin layers to completely fill in the hole in your tooth. A special curing light is then used in order to set the white filling material, making it extremely hard and durable against biting forces. Lately, the tooth is shaped and polished for a smooth finish, ensuring it bites together properly against opposing teeth. Your composite filling will look completely natural, and just like part of your tooth, and it will effectively restore tooth functionality.