A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth.These composite resins – which the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) describes as a blend of plastics and small glass particles are excellent for repairing cavities and can also be used to change the shape or color of a tooth. The procedure is simple and consists of one appointment.
We will conservatively remove any decayed tooth portions of the tooth while avoiding any unnecessary removal of your healthy tooth structure. Then, a composite with matching color will be placed in the tooth. With the use of a special curing light, the resin of the white filling is cured to your tooth, forming a rigid bond. This bond helps the filling support the structure of your tooth and helps prevent cracks and fractures in the future.
One of the advantages of composites is that it's often difficult to see that the tooth has been restored and because these fillings bond directly to the enamel, they're strong and resist wear. With current advances in composite materials, many are holding up even longer.
To keep your composite fillings looking their best, brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft toothbrush, and floss daily. Limit sugary snacks and see us regularly for exams and cleanings.
Many patients are requesting that their existing metal fillings be replaced with new tooth-colored composites. If you want to learn whether white fillings are right for you, contact (972) 587-9277 to schedule your appointment for a consultation at our Irving Dental office.