A Composite Resin, or tooth-colored filling, is used to restore a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.
The decayed or affected portion of the tooth, located in the front or back of the mouth, will be removed and then filled with a Composite Resin.
There are several types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
You and Pleasanton Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey, can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite Fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because Composite Fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, Composite Fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for Compsite Fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are Composite Fillings placed?
Composite Fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Before the procedure, Dr. Gowey may choose to apply local anesthesia to numb the area if necessary. The placement of composite requires meticulous attention and will need to be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.
If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. Lasers also can be used to remove decay.
Once all the decay is removed, Pleasanton CA Cosmetic Dentist, Dr. John M. Gowey, will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. The Composite Filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will go away shortly after your tooth adjusts to the new filling.
Dr. John Gowey’s team of Experts in Pleasanton CA East Bay Area will provide care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a FREE Dental Consultation please complete the form on the right or contact the office of Pleasanton CA Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. John M. Gowey at 925-271-9291 today!