Composite Dental Fillings
What is composite dental material?
Composite fillings are made of a mixture (a composite) or glass, plastic, and a special resin that binds them together. We mix these elements together to match the color and shade of your teeth exactly before applying it to your teeth. When it’s mixed, this composite resin resembles clay or putty in texture, which allows us to shape and form it to the contours of your teeth.
Reasons for Composite Fillings
Using composite dental resin, we can treat a wide variety of cases and maladies. Composite resin is very good at restoring small to medium sized cavities in teeth. We are also able to bond broken teeth back together using this resin. If your teeth crack or chip, we are often able to repair the damage by applying this adhesive to the area and using it as a sort of dental glue that holds tight and lasts a long time.
We can even use this material to create what are known as “dental bonds” which can alter your teeth in virtually any way you would like. Using dental bonds, we can make crooked teeth appear straight, and broken teeth look like new!
The Composite Filling Procedure
The first step in any procedure at Jeff Tufarolo, DDS, PS is making sure that you feel comfortable. We understand that some people are nervous when it comes to having any dental work done and will do everything in our power to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We will give you some local anesthetic to numb the procedure site because the dental drill that we use can create some heat and vibration. Once we are sure that you won’t feel anything during the procedure, we will begin.
We will use a dental drill to remove any decay that has worked its way into your tooth. Once the decay has been removed from your tooth, we will wash the site with an antibacterial wash to ensure that the it is plaque free. We will then place the composite resin in the space that we created and form it to the contours of your tooth. Once the composite is in place and looks the way we would like we will set it using a special ultraviolet light that cements it in place.
If you would like to learn more about composite filling, give us a call today at (425) 405-6400. We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns that you may have and look forward to seeing you smile!