Composite, or white fillings, are perfect when you need the protection and correction of a filling, but want them to blend in with your natural teeth. At Northwest Dental Services and Dental Implant Center, the team of experienced dentists offers composite fillings to men and women who live in and around Tacoma, Washington. To learn more about these less noticeable and more attractive fillings, call the office or use the online booking agent to make an appointment.
A filling restores a decayed tooth. Often they’re made of a mix of strong silver or gold metals, which are fine for back teeth, but can look noticeable and unattractive when used in more visible teeth.
Composite fillings are made of a combination of tooth-colored plastic and glass.
Composite fillings can be used for bonding to improve your smile by:
Composite fillings fit right in with the look of your natural teeth, so you can smile, talk, and eat with confidence.
A composite filling matches the existing color of your teeth, unlike metal fillings. Composite fillings also bond directly to the tooth, making the tooth stronger than it would be with an amalgam (metal) filling. A tooth with a composite filling resists breakage and is insulated from excessive temperature changes.
They require less drilling because the bonding process holds the composite material in the tooth. With a traditional amalgam filling, the space needs more shaping to ensure the filling stays in securely.
Placement of a composite filling usually takes a little longer than placement of a metal filling, but you’ll still likely be in and out of the office in less than an hour. It’s a slightly longer process because your dentist needs to keep the tooth clean and dry while filling the cavity.
The dentist starts by numbing the area and then cleans the tooth of any cavity and decay. They layer on the composite, using a specialized laser to harden at each step. Once the composite filling is complete, your dentist shapes and polishes the composite.
Care for a composite filling as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly, and make appointments for professional cleanings once every six months.
If you’re concerned about maintaining the color of your composite filling – it is susceptible to staining from foods such as red wine and coffee – your dentist can place a clear plastic coating over the composite to preserve its shade.