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Composite Fillings

Fillings are extremely common. In fact, most people will need at least one filling in their lifetime. These procedures are used to treat cavities, broken or cracked teeth.

Natural Looking Fillings

Resin composite fillings are a more natural-looking filling that is mixed to match your natural tooth color. Composite resin also allows you to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Composite fillings can last a long time, usually up to 10-12 years before needing to be replaced. This type of tooth-colored filling is more commonly used on the front teeth or more visible areas, usually for cosmetic reasons.

Resin composite fillings are used to repair cracked or broken teeth, and for filling a tooth. When a tooth needs to be filled, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. A drill or laser will be used to remove the decayed area. Once the decay has been removed, the space will be prepared for the filling by cleaning the area of bacteria and debris. After this, the tooth-colored filling will be applied. The resin material is applied in layers then cured with a special light. After the layer process is completed, the composite material will be shaped and polished.

Resin composite fillings bond to the teeth, which means not as much of the natural tooth structure will need to be removed. This creates the opportunity to conservatively treat your cavity while maintaining much more of your natural tooth structure. Composite fillings are not generally recommended for larger fillings because they may chip or wear over time. 

Tooth colored fillings blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. Because they look like your natural teeth, no one will be the wiser that you’ve had a cavity. 

Caring for Composite Fillings

With proper care of your teeth, gums and fillings, your resin composite fillings could last for 10 years or more. Caring for your dental fillings is important to keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Avoid hard foods, ice, raw vegetables, and sticky candies, as these kinds of foods can dislodge or break your composite fillings. Treat your composite fillings like you would your own teeth and brush twice a day, floss, and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Regular dental checkups are important because your dentist will be able to diagnose any issues and provide treatment or advice. Cavities or cracked teeth can often become much larger problems if they go untreated. Contact our office and schedule an appointment today. 

Frequently Asked Questions

During a regular checkup, one of our experienced dental hygienists will remove any plaque and tartar from your teeth and work with you to find the best way to keep your teeth clean and healthy on a daily basis. Then, one of our dentists will check your teeth for signs of cavities and other oral diseases, such as cancer.

By following our recommended teeth care routine, making smart choices about your food, and keeping up with regular visits to the dentist, you can lower your risk for tooth decay and promote overall health!

We recommend you come in twice a year to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you have any questions while you are here, our knowledgeable team is always happy to answer any questions about your smile. If you are due for a cleaning or are experiencing any oral pain, don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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