Dental fillings have been the go-to treatment method for restoring teeth affected by cavities. In the past, dental fillings were made from metals such as amalgam, silver, or gold. However, their application has been limited in recent times, owing to their drawbacks. Instead, we have turned towards tooth-colored fillings as they offer many advantages over their metal counterparts.
What Are the Advantages of Composite Fillings?
- Composite fillings do not cause any adverse reactions with the tissues of the teeth, such as in the case of metal fillings.
- Composite fillings can be customized to mimic the exact appearance of the natural teeth, which helps to keep them indistinguishable when you talk or smile.
- Composite fillings offer excellent sealing properties, which prevent reinfection of the cavity.
- The procedure for placing composite fillings is very simple and can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s practice.
- They provide excellent durability, which allows them to stay as good as new for many years without any hassle.
How Is a Composite Filling Placed?
During your initial visit to Laveen Dental, our team of experts will conduct a thorough screening to understand the severity of the cavities. We will also check for tartar deposits on the teeth and remove them using ultrasonic scaling. The decay within the cavities will also be removed using the same method of ultrasonic scaling, and the removed microbial residues will be washed away using a jet of water.
We will then prepare the filling material by matching it with the color and texture of your enamel and keep it aside. The surface of the cavity and the surrounding area will then be roughened using an etching liquid. This is done to make sure the filling adheres well to the surface of the tooth and keeps it from getting displaced. The filling will then be applied to the prepared surface and shaped as required. Once its contour is confirmed, we will harden the filling using a curing light.
The filling may sometimes adversely affect your bite. Hence, we will take a bite test and trim the excessive filling if required. It will then be polished to enhance its aesthetics and keep it looks just like the natural enamel.
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our team of dental experts to get all your oral concerns addressed at the earliest. Please call us at (602) 237-7878 or reach out through online consultation, and we’ll be happy to help.