Fillings are one of the most commonly-performed dental procedures each year. At Sunset Dental in Piqua, OH, we offer white composite fillings to match your teeth. These are much more natural-looking than the metal amalgam fillings of decades past. While composite fillings don’t last forever, they can be easily touched up if they chip or break down over time.
Benefits of White Fillings
There are many benefits to choosing a white composite tooth filling over traditional metal fillings, including:
- They are far less noticeable in your mouth.
- Composite dental fillings strengthen teeth that have been weakened by decay.
- White fillings require less drilling to install.
- Composite fillings don’t contain any metal, which means no mercury.
- Composite fillings don’t contract or expand the way amalgam fillings can.
- White composite fillings cure quickly, allowing you to use your teeth normally shortly after your appointment.
Dental Fillings Procedure
Depending on the severity of the cavity, you may or may not need a local anesthetic in order to have your tooth drilled. Your dentist will remove any decay or damage using their dental tools. Then, it’s time for the filling to be placed. The dentist will paint a bonding agent onto your tooth to give the composite something to stick to, and once that’s dry, the composite will be placed.
The composite material takes a few moments to cure. After that, your dentist will polish the tooth so it’s smooth and there are no rough edges. It may take you a few days to get used to the feeling of the filled tooth, but after that it should feel as natural as any of your other teeth.
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Dr. Lytha K. MillerDDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
I am passionate about dentistry and helping people achieve oral health. This is why I educate my patients about the connection between dental diseases and heart health, stroke, diabetes, and overall wellness.