A composite filling is a white, tooth colored glass and plastic material used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. Composites can also be used to improve the look of your teeth by changing their color or reshaping disfigured or hurt teeth.
Dr. Arash Vahid and his professional dental associates can help you improve your smile with composite fillings with little to no pain. They are well versed in making sure their valued clients are minimally inconvenienced and leave the office looking better than they came in.
Many clients replace traditional metal fillings with composite fillings for a variety of reasons; to improve appearance, to remove heavy metals from their mouths and help to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from large temperature changes. They are also helpful in withstanding moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing.
Composites can be used on either front or back teeth and they are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural than amalgam fillings.
Your teeth will be prepped and then the dentist will place the composite in layers using a light specialized to harden each layer in turn. The dentist will then shape the composite to fit the tooth and polish the composite to prevent staining and wear.
It generally takes a bit longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling because composite fillings require that the tooth be kept dry while the cavity is being filled.
Also, composites should be protected somewhat from color changing drink such as, coffee, tea or other potentially staining foods. The dentist can put a clear plastic coating over the composite to prevent the color from changing if a patient is particularly concerned about tooth color. Composites tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities, although they hold up as well in small cavities.
After having new composites added, a patient may experience slight sensitivity.
Composite fillings are currently used more often than amalgam or precious metal fillings because they are so much less noticeable.