For damaged or decayed teeth, composite fillings are our most popular option for restoration. Not only do they offer fantastic strength and durability, but the composite materials are tooth-colored, so your filling will blend in perfectly with your smile!
Composite fillings are made from a combination of powdered glass and acrylic materials. This gives it a tooth-colored appearance, offering a superior cosmetic alternative to traditional fillings. And it will still do all the things fillings are supposed to do — restore and strengthen a damaged or decayed tooth. The composite materials are also safer for your surrounding teeth and gums in comparison to traditional metal fillings. The metal from old-fashioned fillings sometimes releases toxins that can cause decay or bacteria to form, but with composite, tooth-colored fillings, you won’t need to worry about that.
The application of composite fillings is straightforward: we will clean your tooth and remove any decay, then apply the composite filling in the empty space. Once the filling hardens, the dentist will work to shape and polish the tooth to blend in with the rest of your smile. This will seal the void left by a cavity and fill in the structure of the tooth. Once the filling is hardened, it will provide strength and structure for the tooth. Finally, it will be polished and shaped for a natural appearance. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to repair chipped or fractured teeth, to close gaps or make other minor repairs.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, or if you need to restore a damaged or decaying tooth, it may be time for a filling. Give our a friendly staff a call to schedule an appointment with one of our dental professionals. You can reach us at (301) 563-9508.