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When our teeth are healthy, brighter, and stronger, we feel more confident and happy and enjoy our foods. However, even with diligent brushing, flossing, and rinsing, it is likely for cavities to occur. Dental cavities not only contribute to pain and sensitivity, but they could also put you at risk of losing your tooth. Left untreated, cavities can progress to attack the interior part of the tooth, allowing bacteria and biofilm to cause an infection of the pulp. Our dentist at Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry can repair your cavities as well as your kids with fillings to re-establish the tooth's function and health.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Also referred to as white fillings, composite resin fillings are white or tooth-colored fillings fabricated of natural resin composite material, unlike metal fillings. Using composite fillings allows our dentist to fill a cavity and restore its strength and stability without impacting the appearance of your smile.
Who Needs Composite Fillings?
People with tooth decay who need a solution to repair their teeth without compromising on the aesthetic look can choose composite fillings. The cavity should also not be so extensive that the dental filling lacks the structural support it needs to remain securely bonded. Further, candidates for fillings are those seeking a more conservative technique for restoring their decayed teeth. Less tooth structure is removed during composite filling placement compared to amalgam fillings.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Treating cavities quickly and effectively helps stop the spread of decay, thus maintaining healthy teeth. Many patients opt for these tooth-colored fillings because they create an invisible barrier from additional tooth decay. They provide a natural-looking smile since they look just like your real teeth. Further, composite fillings strongly bond to teeth and are a versatile restoration for repair. Not only are composite fillings used to repair cracks, but they also work to repair chippings, breaks, and fractures.
How Are Composite Resin Fillings Placed?
A dentist will place these white fillings just like the traditional metal fillings are placed. To repair your cavity with a composite filling, our dentist anesthetizes the tooth, ensuring complete comfort throughout the treatment. We then apply the resin composite material in layers, curing it with a special light for hardening after every layer. Once we have the desired layers, our dentist shapes the filling material to achieve a proper fit to the tooth.
We recommend a few adjustments after receiving composite resin fillings, particularly for the first 24 hours. We also provide long-term home care tips to help ensure the fillings last longer. First, wait a while before you eat because the numbing agent may still be active. You may unknowingly cause damage to soft tissue while chewing.
Stick to soft foods in the first days of the fillings to avoid unnecessary discomfort. There may be some sensitivity, soreness, and inflammation. Furthermore, avoid things that stain, such as red wine, coffee, dark sodas, and tea, because composite fillings, much like your tooth enamel, can stain.
For those who grind and clench their teeth, it is best to request a customized mouthguard. Last but not least, observe your routine dental hygiene along with regular cleanings and exams. Composite resin fillings can last five to seven years.
Visit Grins and Giggles Family Dentistry to discuss your options for tooth repair if you have any cavities. Call us at (509) 928-4746 to book your appointment.