An alternative to the traditional, well-known metal (amalgam) fillings are composite fillings, which are typically made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They offer a few advantages over amalgam fillings, such as the fact that they are tooth-colored and therefore more inconspicuous as they can match the natural color of teeth. Composite fillings have become more popular for this reason. Though they tend to be more expensive than amalgam fillings and less durable, some patients may prefer them because they are wary of having the mercury found in amalgam fillings in their teeth.
Composite fillings can be used to address a variety of dental issues such as:
The placement of a composite filling in our Harmony Dental Pearland and Pasadena, TX offices can usually be done during one visit. Your dentist will first remove any decay on the tooth as necessary, then clean it thoroughly and prepare it for the new filling. The composite is placed in layers, with each layer typically being hardened using a specialized light. Once the process has been completed, your dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth and polish it to prevent staining and early wear.
After the composite filling has been placed, you may experience temporary sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Good oral hygiene practices are always recommended after the placement of the filling, not only to aid in the life of the filling but to promote the general health of the rest of the teeth and avoid the need for any future fillings.