Composite fillings are used to restore and repair decayed and damaged teeth to their functional state. They can successfully restore teeth that are inflicted with small to mid-size decay or damage. Composite fillings are fabricated from a mixture of plastic and powdered glass, which gives them a tooth-colored appearance. Their tooth-colored nature has made them a popular choice among patients looking for a more natural-looking restoration. Although they are primarily known for their aesthetic appeal, they are extremely versatile and can be used to fix various dental issues like:

  • Restoring decayed and damaged teeth.
  • Fixing chips, cracks, and fractures.
  • Closing gaps between teeth.
  • Changing the color, shape, and size of teeth.
  • Making teeth appear evener and uniform.

How are composite fillings placed?

Teeth can be restored with composite fillings in a single visit to the dentist. The placement is easy and quick and can be performed in six simple steps.

Step 1

A comprehensive examination is performed to assess the patient’s oral and overall health. The dentist uses digital X-rays to determine the location and extent of the decay or damage. Then, he generates a custom treatment plan to meet the needs and requirement of each patient.

Step 2

The dentist then uses an anesthetic to numb the affected tooth and its surrounding area to avoid any discomfort or pain during the procedure. Then, he removes the damage or decay using a special dental drill or laser.

Step 3

After he successfully removes the decay, disinfectants are used to flush the cavity in order to remove any sign of bacteria and debris.

Step 4

If the decay is present too close to the nerve, a liner made of glass ionomer is placed to protect the nerve.

Step 5

The dentist then prepares the filling from a mixture of plastic and powdered glass. Then, he carefully places it in the cavity in fine layers. Each layer is hardened using a special curing light.

Step 6

Finally, after the multilayering process is complete, the dentist shapes and polishes the tooth- restoration for obtaining the best results.

What are the advantages of composite fillings over amalgam fillings?

Today, dentistry provides numerous options when it comes to choosing materials that can be used to restore teeth to their original shape, size, and color. Composite fillings or tooth- colored fillings are a popular choice among patients due to their aesthetic appeal but they also have various other advantages above amalgam fillings. The table below illustrates the difference between composite fillings and amalgam fillings and highlights the benefits of composite fillings. Based on your unique requirements, your dentist will provide you the best choice of treatment.

S.No Parameter Composite Filling Amalgam Filling
1 Is tooth-colored and blends in really well with the natural teeth.
2 Has an aesthetic appeal and can be used for cosmetic enhancements.
3 Contains mercury, which causes negative long-term health effects.
4 Can be used to fix both front and back teeth.
5 Requires excessive removal or drilling of the natural tooth structure for its successful placement.
6 Chemically bonds with the natural tooth structure to enhance its strength and support.
7 Hardens within a few seconds and shortens the time required for treatment.
8 Is more versatile and can be used to fix chips, cracks, and fractures.
9 Easily tolerated by the gums and surrounding tissues.
10 Insulates the treated tooth against extreme temperatures.
11 Can be easily repaired.
12 Less susceptible to reoccurring decay and more durable.
13 Treats mild to moderate decay.
14 Easy to care for and maintain.

We at Inspire Smiles Dental employ the most advanced technology to treat dental ailments with great care and precision. Our entire team is immensely dedicated to looking after our patients’ needs with exceptional compassion and caution. Whether you are looking for dental restorations or cosmetic enhancements, Inspire Smiles Dental is a one-stop for all your dental issues and ailments. Book an appointment with us at (925) 833-9500 or visit our office in 7739 Amador Valley Blvd, Dublin, CA 94568.