Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made from a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They are used to fix teeth that are chipped, cracked, decayed, worn-out, fractured, discolored and for closing gaps between two teeth. The greatest advantage of composite fillings is that unlike amalgam fillings, they are tooth-colored.

Being tooth-colored, composite fillings blend in really well with the surrounding teeth and look natural. As a result, they have become a popular choice among people looking for cosmetic enhancements.

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How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are easy to place and their placement is usually completed in a single appointment. If the affected tooth has any decay or cavity, it will be carefully removed and the tooth surface will be disinfected using antimicrobials and disinfecting solutions. The tooth’s surface will then be etched and prepared to receive the filling. The composite filling will then be prepared from a mixture of powdered glass and acrylic resin and will be carefully placed in layers. Each layer is shaped with great precision and then hardened using a special blue light. Finally, the tooth will be polished to restore it to its natural shape and function.

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

  • Composite fillings are tooth-colored, which gives them an aesthetic appeal. They can be matched to anybody’s tooth color and made to look natural.
  • The placement of composite fillings does not require much of the tooth structure to be drilled out as other fillings.
  • Composite fillings chemically bond to the tooth structure and provide it added strength and resilience.
  • Each layer of the composite filling is hardened using a special blue light. As a result, the filling is fully cured and hardened in less than a minute. You can resume your regular lifestyle immediately.
  • They are not as prone to thermal stress as amalgam fillings. They possess insulating properties, which offer protection against expansion and contraction.
  • Composite fillings are highly durable and can also withstand the chewing and biting force of back teeth.
  • Composite fillings are easily tolerated by the gum tissues and don’t cause any sensitivity or irritability.
  • Composite fillings can be repaired easily when they start to degrade.

At Auburn Dental Center, we use the latest technology like digital X rays and 3 D imaging to provide top-notch dental solutions to our patients. We aim to provide safe, comfortable, and painless procedures that suit one’s dental needs. For further queries, book an appointment with us at (661) 327-2189 or visit us at 5603 Auburn Street Suite B Bakersfield, CA 93306.