Composite Fillings

What is a composite filling?

A composite (tooth-colored resin) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling that is actually bonded to the tooth.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Anundsen can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. "Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth," explains Dr. Anundsen.

What's involved in getting a composite filling?

Composite fillings are placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Anundsen will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, hardened with a special light and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

How well do composite fillings work?

Amalgams or silver fillings expand with heat and contract with cold. This movement weakens the tooth wall, which can lead to fractures and allow bacteria to enter, resulting in dental disease. Composites are natural-looking while restoration. They are bonded to your tooth, making it stronger than if we used a silver filling. We do not have to remove as much tooth structure as with a silver filling. The bonding agent can insulate your tooth from the extremes of hot and cold. With good oral hygiene, healthy eating habits and regular dental visits, composite fillings will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.