Composite fillings are the same color as your natural tooth, which means they’re nearly invisible in your mouth. At Tustin Dental Center in Tustin, California, Ahmed Elgazar, DDS, Ziad Tedini, DDS, and their team use composite fillings for both tooth decay and chips or breaks. To get tooth repair that blends in with your natural teeth perfectly, book an appointment online, or call the office today.
Composite fillings are restorations made from ceramic and glass compounds. The composite filling material chemically bond to your teeth, and the Tustin Dental Center team molds it to fit your teeth perfectly.
Usually, composite fillings are most popular in the front teeth — the ones that are most prominent when you smile — but you can also get this type of filling for your back teeth like your molars as well.
Amalgam (silver color) fillings are effective as cavity fillings, but they're very obvious in your teeth. Composite fillings are just as effective for filling cavities and actually allow for more preservation of your natural tooth surface because the composite materials attach to your teeth like an adhesive. Plus, patients of all ages often prefer an all-white smile instead of a smile dotted with silver spots.
Before a composite filling or any other type of dental work, you typically need a dental cleaning. Then, the Tustin Dental Center team administers a local anesthetic around your affected tooth to make sure the process is completely comfortable. After you're numb, the Tustin Dental Center team carefully removes the decayed or damaged part of your tooth and disinfects the area before placing the composite filling.
Your care provider shapes the filling to match your tooth contours and blends it carefully. They cure (harden) the new composite filling using a short period of light exposure and then polish your tooth to complete the process.
Generally, it's fine to resume normal use of your tooth almost right away after getting a new composite filling. It's normal to have a little bit of tooth sensitivity for a couple of days, primarily to very hot or cold temperatures. If this lasts for more than a week, let the Tustin Dental Center team know right away so they can help.
A composite filling is a perfect way to restore your tooth while preserving your appearance. Schedule an appointment at Tustin Dental Center by phone or using the online booking tool today.