PDM_Composite-Fillings11COMPOSITE FILLINGS GIVE YOU PROTECTION YOUR TEETH NEED

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth. Composites can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a disfigured tooth.

HOW IS A COMPOSITE FILLING PLACED?

Composite fillings in Westchester, CA are placed much like a traditional filling. The 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 lastly polished to prevent staining and early wear.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSITES?

Traditional fillings are made of metals like silver or gold which are easily visible in the mouth. Almost all metal fillings are also mixed with mercury, which is extremely toxic. But we are a mercury-safe practice, and composite is our filling material of choice. Composite fillings contain no toxic metals and are more discreet since 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 actually chemically bonds to the tooth structure, which provides further support to the tooth. And composites have increased versatility as they can be used not only as dental fillings for decay but also to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.