What Are Composite Fillings?
A composite filling is a modern alternative to a silver (amalgam) filling used to repair teeth affected by cracks, trauma, or bacteria. The decayed portion of your tooth is removed and then filled with this resin, which is matched with the natural shade of your smile. During your initial consultation, you and your dentist will discuss which option is best for your teeth. Although composite fillings need to be replaced, they can last for 12 to 15 years.
What Can Fillings & Bonding Fix?
Composite fillings and bondings can solve a variety of dental issues for patients while also improving the health and appearance of their teeth. Some of these include:
- Small cracks or chips on your teeth
- Stop decay and protect from infection
- Repair cavities or small holes in teeth
- Restore worn-out teeth
- Misshapen or crooked teeth
- Stained or discolored teeth
- Spacing issues
The Benefits of Fillings & Bonding
Our tooth-colored fillings are superior to amalgam fillings and offer a variety of benefits for patients. Some of these advantages include:
- Natural-looking restoration
- Made to match the shade of your teeth
- Secured directly onto your teeth
- Durable and built to last
- Improve your smile’s comfort and functionality
- Preserves your natural tooth
The Composite Fillings Process
Dr. Gabriel can place your composite fillings in just one appointment at our Wexford, PA practice. Before your procedure, your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to ensure you won’t feel any pain during treatment. Your dentist will remove any decay from your tooth as well as thoroughly clean the treated area. Once your tooth is prepped for the filling, Dr. Gabriel will place, shape, and polish the resin to restore its shape and function.
While it’s normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures when your fillings are first placed, this will usually subside shortly after. Our office will also give you careful instructions on how to care for your fillings after treatment.