“You have a cavity” is one of the most dreaded phrases to hear from your dentist at any stage of life. While early cavities can be easily repaired by a dental filling, it is not something you want to broadcast to your friends and family. If you want the most seamless and inconspicuous cavity repair solution, composite fillings are the way to go. In fact, this modern filling material makes your cavity-repaired teeth indistinguishable from the rest of your smile. Whether you are 5 or 65, your cavity secret is safe with us!
What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are commonly referred to as tooth-colored or white fillings. Their aesthetically-pleasing shade is the leading advantage of this material, which is composed of powdered glass and acrylic resin and color-matched to fully blend in with the rest of your tooth. This stands in stark contrast to the past amalgam fillings which contain mercury and show a flashy silver to others when you laugh and speak.
Other Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Not only are composite fillings better looking and free of metals, but they also are ideal for small fillings and teeth that experience a moderate amount of chewing pressure (molars). Composite resin is such a preferred dental material, in fact, that it is also used in dental bonding to repair chips, discoloration and other minor smile flaws.
The Composite Filling Process
Don’t worry; getting a tooth-colored filling is super easy. It takes a short dental appointment and only a local anesthetic in most cases. After the tooth is prepared for bonding, the filling material is placed, condensed and shaped into a tooth. A special curing light hardens the composite resin before your dentist polishes it to a perfect feel and appearance.
Schedule Your Cavity Repair
Do you have a cavity or minor tooth damage that you want to repair without others noticing? Consider tooth-colored fillings at West Hill Family Dentistry. Call our office today to schedule your visit.