Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings we use to repair teeth damaged from decay, fractures, or cracks. They provide excellent durability and are resistant to fractures in the fillings that need to withstand the pressure of chewing and eating. They’re available on either the back or front teeth. We isolate the tooth from saliva, remove the infection, fill the space with the composite resin, and then shape the filling. It generally takes longer than a metal filling because it requires the tooth to be completely clean and dry while we’re filling the cavity. They are cosmetically preferred for patients as the color matches that of your natural existing teeth. Some of the benefits include the following:
- Less drilling compared to other types of fillings
- Retains the tooth’s structure
- Repair decay
- Bonds with natural tooth
- Can fill gaps in between teeth
- Can fix chipped or broken teeth
- Less pain and tooth sensitivity
Generally, for composite fillings in San Diego, only a single appointment is necessary for the procedure. We’ll remove the decay and clean and prepare the space for the new filling. If the tooth decay affects the tooth’s nerve, we’ll use a special medication for added protection. Then, the composite filling is shaped and polished for original aesthetics and function. It’s an excellent choice for those who want their fillings to look more natural compared to traditional methods. Side effects such as sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures may occur but will diminish shortly after.
Carmichael Dentistry | Cosmetic, Implant & General Dentistry
If you want your filling to look and feel natural, Dr. Carmichael is here to help! To prevent common dental problems, we recommend brushing your teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride twice a day, flossing once a day, and rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash 1-2 times a day. Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning to remove plaque and check your oral health for any problems. If you’d like to schedule your next dental appointment with Dr. Carmichael, give us a call at (858) 484-2560 or contact us on our website!