Unlike amalgam fillings, which consist of liquid mercury and powdered metals and are silver-colored, composite fillings are made from a special resin matched to the color of your natural teeth. This resin is used to fill the cavity and restore the tooth’s function and shape. Once the filling is bonded to the tooth, it creates a seamless and beautiful smile.
Also known as tooth-colored fillings, composite fillings consist of a glass or quartz filler in a resin base that is cured with a special light. If the tooth decay has not yet reached the tooth's nerve, a composite filling may be placed without additional treatment. However, if the decay has reached the nerve, more complex procedures may be required.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
One of the most significant benefits of composite dental fillings is their durability. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings are bonded directly to your tooth's structure for a long-lasting restoration. Plus, they're virtually invisible, creating a seamless smile.
Their composition also makes them an ideal cosmetic choice because we can match the color of your composite fillings to the rest of your teeth for a more natural-looking appearance. The composite resin material is also safe for your enamel and free of toxins like mercury that can leak into your tooth’s structure and cause damage.
The Procedure for Composite Dental Fillings
Before placing a composite filling, we will remove the decayed parts and prepare the cavity for the filling material. Then, we’ll place the composite in layers in the affected tooth and shape it as needed. Once the shape is formed, we will use a special light to harden each layer. This ensures the composite fills your tooth and protects it from further decay or damage.
After placing the composite, we will polish and shape the filling to match your natural teeth. For a direct restoration using composite material, please get in touch with our office. We will happily evaluate your case and recommend the best treatment for your needs.
Visit our dental office, Town Center Dental, at 301 E Cook St, Ste F, Santa Maria, CA 93454, or call (805) 925-2652 today to learn more about the benefits of composite dental fillings. We can schedule a consultation appointment for you with our skilled dentist. They will be able to review your oral health history and talk to you about your goals for treatment.