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Composite Fillings

 

Composite filling is a tooth colored filling and is an alternative to silver fillings.The composite fillings are virtually undetectable.   Composite fillings are stronger than silver fillings because the material is bonded to the surface of the tooth and are more appealing.  Composites have a strong record of durability and function – many dentists state they are the standard of care in filling materials.

 

Reasons for a Composite Filling

  • More attractive than silver fillings
  • Repaired chipped tooth
  • Removal of decay
  • Close space between two teeth
  • Requires less tooth removal than silver fillings

Process

Composite filling are completed in a single visit.  First the decay or damaged portion of the tooth is removed, then the tooth is cleaned.  The tooth colored material is layered into the tooth.  Each layer of the composite filling is cured (hardened) with a special light. Once the tooth is filled the surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth.  It is possible for the tooth to be temperature sensitive after a composite filling, but will normally subside shortly afterward.

Composite fillings are durable and will last many years with proper care.  Good oral hygiene, regular exams and cleanings will aid in the longevity of the filling.  The alternatives to a composite filling are silver filling, crown and gold inlays/onlays, or porcelain inlays/onlays.

 

Lafayette Dental Arts can replace your old silver filling with a tooth colored composite filling if cosmetics are a concern to you - Call for an appointment today.

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