Composite Fillings in Saginaw
Tooth-colored fillings for a beautiful smile
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth. Composite fillings can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a disfigured tooth. These fillings also have increased versatility, as they can be used not only as a filling for decay but also to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
Lake Country Dental in Saginaw is mercury and metal-free. Amalgam, or mercury-silver fillings, use metals like silver or gold which are easily visible in the mouth. Composite fillings are more discrete because they more closely match the color of the tooth. This is especially important when front teeth are being restored. Unlike metal fillings, the composite material chemically bonds to the tooth structure, which provides further support to the tooth.
Composite fillings are placed much like a traditional filling. The damaged tooth is first numbed to ensure complete comfort throughout the procedure. The composite is then applied in layers, using a light designed to harden the material after each application. After the layers of composite have been applied, the composite is then shaped to fit the tooth. The composite is then polished to prevent staining and early wear.
Composite fillings can be done during one appointment. Anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. We shape and smooth the filling to ensure that your tooth retains its authentic look and feel. Patients should be prepared to notice some temporary temperature sensitivity for a period of time after fillings are done.
Composite Fillings Post-Treatment Care
- Following the procedure, there is no waiting time to eat. Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold is common for a few weeks following dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call for an appointment for a simple adjustment.
- The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days along with the anesthetic injection site.
- The finished restoration may be contoured slightly different and have a different shape than the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference and will become adjusted to this in a few days.
To learn more, call Lake Country Dental at 817-236-8771 today.