A composite filling is a treatment option our Corona family dentist uses to repair damaged teeth that have been affected by cracks, decay, fractures, etc. This treatment consists of removing the portion of the tooth that’s damaged and filling it with a composite filling. By the end of their visit, our patients leave with fully restored teeth and beautiful smiles.
Composite fillings each have their own advantages and disadvantages so it’s important to consult with your dentists to ensure that the best option for your smile is made to restore your smile.
Although composite fillings are not permanent and will eventually need to be replaced, they are durable and can last several years. They also have the advantage of being made from a tooth-colored resin. This gives them a natural look and is more aesthetically suited for teeth that are often on display when smiling, such as the front teeth.
Why Get Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a great choice for patients with minor dental flaws that don’t require a more extensive restoration such as a crown or onlay. Not only are composite fillings less invasive than other restorative options, the treatment is affordable and durable, allowing patients to restore the aesthetic look of your smile almost immediately.
Composite fillings are great for:
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Closing space between teeth
- Chipped teeth
How Are They Placed?
As composite fillings are minimally invasive, patients can usually have their tooth-colored filling placed and restored in one visit to Sycamore Creek Dental.
During your visit, our Corona dentist will first numb the tooth with a local anesthetic and remove all signs of decay. Once the tooth has been cleaned, Dr. Nguyen will prepare the area and place the resin in the treatment area. After the filling has been cured, any excess material is removed, and the tooth is polished.
Once the procedure is complete, it’s not uncommon for patients to experience some sensitivity, particularly when eating or when exposed to extreme temperatures. To protect your new restoration, we recommend avoiding hot soups or beverages as well as ice and other crunchy foods. These symptoms should subside within a few days once the new filling becomes accustomed to the tooth.
To help your recovery process, your dentist will also give you instructions on how to care for your new filling after the procedure. Keeping good dental hygiene practices, eating habits, and visiting your dentist frequently will help in the long-term success of your composite filling.
Need a Filling? Visit Sycamore Creek Dental
Treating cavities and other cracks in teeth early is critical to protecting the overall health of your smile. To learn more about this proactive restorative treatment, call our Corona dental office and schedule your next cleaning and exam with Dr. Nguyen today! We look forward to helping you keep your smile beautiful and healthy.