What is a composite filling?
A composite filling repairs a tooth damaged by decay, cracks, or fractures. This type of filling is highly popular, as it perfectly blends in with the tooth in question and matches the surrounding teeth. Dr. Raines can successfully restore a damaged tooth with a composite filling, which strengthens the tooth and prevents the decay from spreading further.
Key Benefits of Composite or Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Contain fluoride, which helps prevent decay
- Closely resemble the color of existing teeth
- Chemically bond to your tooth’s structure, which provides further support
- Save more of your tooth, as less of it needs to be removed for this type of filling
How long does it take to get a composite filling?
It takes a single appointment, lasting about an hour or so, depending on the size of the cavity.
Do composite fillings hurt?
No, Dr. Raines applies local anesthesia to the site for the procedure. When the anesthesia wears off, if you do experience any discomfort, it can be easily managed by over-the-counter medications.
Which are better: silver fillings or composite fillings?
Composite fillings. Silver fillings weaken tooth structure, do not match your teeth and contain mercury. As they age, silver fillings expand, contract and could split, resulting in staining your mouth and releasing mercury. However, if you already have silver fillings, Dr. Raines would be happy to replace them with a tooth-colored composite filling.
What are composite fillings made of?
They are made of powdered glass and acrylic resin.
Do composite fillings contain mercury?
No. Composite fillings do not contain mercury.
Is special care needed for fillings?
No. Simply take care of your fillings by brushing twice and flossing once a day and avoiding acidic foods, such as tea or coffee. Dr. Raines can also examine your fillings to ensure they are in good shape during your regular teeth cleanings at our office.
Learn More about Composite Fillings
Your tooth may need a filling if it sensitive to temperature or pressure, as these symptoms indicate tooth decay. Our kind doctor looks forward to creating a custom treatment plan for you and helping you make your teeth last for a lifetime. Call us to make an appointment!