A composite (tooth-colored) filling is typically used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. The damaged or decayed part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a composite filling.
Before the composite mixture is applied, it is color-matched to blend with the natural shade of your original tooth. Composite resin fillings continue to grow in popularity because they provide sturdy restorations and look great too. Also, because they do not contain mercury, composite fillings are a safer alternative to amalgam (silver metal) fillings.
According to the American Dental Association, more than 90 percent of people between the ages of 20 and 65 are diagnosed with at least one cavity. While amalgam fillings have traditionally been the recommended treatment, at 6 Day Dental & Orthodontics, our dentists treat patients with mild to moderate tooth decay with composite fillings.
Because composite fillings are tooth colored and natural looking, they are well-suited for front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
Composite materials can be used to correct a variety of dental issues including:
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
It typically takes one appointment to place composite fillings. While the tooth is numb, we will remove decay as needed. The composite filling is then precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
With good oral care, composite fillings are designed to last for many years. Perhaps the most significant advantage of composite fillings is their ability to match the natural color of your teeth, helping you to maintain a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Other benefits include:
- Secure bond, providing lasting and durable results
- Less enamel removal
- Smooth texture
- Safer alternative to amalgam fillings, providing, improved oral and physical health
Our dental experts pride themselves on providing exceptional patient care at our locations in Allen, Flower Mound and Roanoke, Texas. If your tooth is decayed, chipped or damaged, a composite filling may be an excellent choice for restoring your smile and self-confidence. We invite you to call or visit the experienced team at 6 Day Dental & Orthodontics today to find out if you may be a good candidate for composite fillings. 6 Day Dental & Orthodontics is in-network with most North Texas dental providers. We offer flexible evening and weekend appointments. We look forward to brightening your smile! Call us today!