Composite (Tooth-colored) Fillings
We’ve all at least seen a friend of family member with large silver fillings, known in the dental world as amalgam fillings. Maybe we even have one or two of these ourselves. However, new technology has allowed us to provide better quality restorations that better match the surrounding tooth structure – these are composite fillings! Amalgam fillings, although long-lasting, can put an undue amount of stress on remaining tooth structure due to the expansive and contractive properties of the material. These stress properties often result in fractures of the tooth structure adjacent to the fillings. Composite fillings have eliminated these expansive stress properties while also providing a more esthetic, natural result.
What to expect at a filling appointment
The procedure is usually under 45 minutes and pain free. The doctor simply removes the existing decay and cavitation along with any old filling material that remains. Then, the doctor and assistant will work in tandem to isolate the tooth to prepare it for a 3-step bonding technique. After the filling is bonded in place, we will check your bite and have you out the door!