At our office, we provide our patients with composite dental fillings that can match the color of your tooth for a seamless smile. With tooth-colored fillings, you can repair cavities, chips, and small imperfections and no one will see the difference in the color of your repaired tooth. Composite resins provide more functionality than other filling materials so you can be confident that the repair to your tooth will allow you to chew and bite as you normally would moving forward. The composite resin is typically made of acrylic that is reinforced with powdered glass for hardness and strength.
Benefits Of White Fillings
When you choose composite white fillings, you will see and feel the benefits right away. Not only will your tooth be protected from further damage, but you will have a seamless white smile to help boost your confidence.
The resin used for tooth-colored fillings is stronger than other materials that are typically used for dental fillings. This allows you to have your repaired tooth function as well as the teeth around it while chewing and biting.
Safer than Amalgam
Amalgam fillings were once the standard in dentistry for a long time and while they provide strength for damaged teeth, research has shown that they can be hazardous to your health.
The natural white coloring of the composite filing allows you to have dental treatment done in a way that is not noticeable to the rest of the world. So, you can smile confidently knowing that the imperfections in your smile are not seen.
While composite resin is most often used to fill in cavities, it can also be used to repair cracks or chips in your teeth or to reshape a tooth for a more attractive smile.
The Composite Filling Procedure
If you have a straightforward need for composite fillings, such as cavity repair or a defect in your tooth, then the composite filling process will likely be done in a single visit.
Matching Your Tooth Color
The first step in the process involves matching the composite resin to the tooth that is being treated.
Treating the Damaged or Decayed Tooth
Once Dr. Lanza is ready to begin, he will numb the area around the tooth that is being treated and clean out any debris or tooth decay. Keeping the tooth clean and dry is essential for the composite filling process.
Applying the Composite Material
Once the tooth has been cleaned and dried, Dr. Lanza will begin to etch the tooth and apply bonding material in preparation for applying the resin. The white filling material will then be layered to fill in the damaged area of the tooth. As the resin is being applied, Dr. Lanza will use a light to cure each layer of the composite filling material as he goes.
Tooth Shaping and Contouring
After the white composite filling material has been cured, Dr. Lanza will finish by shaping and contouring the material to fit the shape of your tooth, fit comfortably into your bite and match the shape of the surrounding teeth as well.