Composite fillings repair cavities and can considerably enhance the appearance of teeth. They are invisible and long-lasting. If you are having cavities or are considering replacing metal dental work, call us at Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA, to learn more about your options for composite fillings.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a filling that is created from a tooth-colored, biocompatible resin material that bonds to the tooth and strengthens damaged areas by sealing them. Composite fillings can be made to best match the color and shape of your smile and are a popular restoration and cosmetic dentistry treatment.
Who Can Have Composite Fillings?
The only way to know if you need to replace metal fillings with composite fillings is to have a dentist look at it through an examination. However, patients suitable for composite fillings should have a few things in common, including:
- Metal fillings that need replacement, either because they are breaking down or because of your discomfort with metallic materials in the mouth.
- Have cosmetic issues caused by traditional metal fillings.
- Have moderately mild tooth decay that can be cured through composite fillings.
- If you have teeth sensitivity due to your metal fillings.
What Are the Benefits of Composite Fillings?
The most significant benefit of composite fillings is that they can be made to match the shade of your existing teeth so they flawlessly blend in with your smile. Metal fillings stand out in appearance among natural teeth but compensate with their strength and durability. Other benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Natural appearance
- Contains no mercury
- Long-lasting bond to tooth enamel
- Less risk of breakage because the material doesn’t expand and contract
- Conserves more of the tooth structure than silver fillings
What Is the Procedure For Composite Fillings?
When you come in for your appointment, Dr. Emam will first reshape your tooth by extracting the decay completely and then thoroughly clean its surface.
Once the tooth is prepared, the tooth-colored composite will be applied to the affected area in layers, using laser light to help harden each layer. We will mold the filling to perfectly fit your tooth before the filling is permanently set and bonded into place. The process is finished by polishing the entire area to ensure a smooth restoration.
How Should You Care For Composite Fillings?
With adequate cleaning and maintenance, your composite filling will last for many years. To prevent further cavities or decay, make sure to brush and floss twice daily and plan regular exams and cleanings.
To learn more about your options for composite fillings, call Roshan Emam DDS in Palo Alto, CA at (650) 321-0340 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Emam.