Patients who learn that they require a filling are frequently concerned about the aesthetic implications.
White fillings, known as composite fillings, are the most commonly used types of fillings today. They restore damaged, decayed, or fractured teeth and are more natural-looking than other types of fillings.
In this article, our dental experts at Silver Firs Dental in Mill Creek, Washington, explain what composite fillings are and their main benefits.
Composite fillings are a tooth-colored mix of plastic and ceramic ideal for restoring exposed or visible teeth. They are mostly used to fill up cavities but can also be used to fix minor tooth imperfections.
To place the filling, the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth, mold the filling material to restore the tooth’s structure, and then harden it.
The procedure starts with a preparatory treatment that involves removing any existing decay and roughening up the tooth's surface using a special gel.
In most cases, a layer of bonding material is enough to restore the tooth’s shape and stability. The dentist will shape the composite material to match the form of your tooth and then harden it.
Below are some of the benefits of composite fillings:
The disadvantages of composite fillings include:
If you’d want to learn more about composite fillings or want to get your teeth restored, call Silver Firs Dental at (425) 225-5757 or visit us at 13209 44th Ave SE #201, Mill Creek, WA 98012.