A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage.
If your tooth is damaged by a cavity or suffered a chip, composite can be used to restore it to its original structure and function.
The process of placing a direct composite filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office.
The first step is to remove all traces of decay before placing the composite material and shape it to match your tooth’s anatomy. The filling is then hardened with a light cure for a natural-looking restoration. Finally, your dentist will check your bite for any necessary adjustments.
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Types of Composite Fillings
There are actually two types of composite fillings, direct and indirect. Direct composite fillings are performed inside the mouth and are the most common, whereas indirect composites are fabricated outside the mouth. Usually, the more severe the extent of the decay or fracture is, an indirect is the preferred choice.
We specialize in both kinds of composite fillings, often using multiple techniques to get you the best long-term result. We’re happy to review your issues with you personally. Give our office a call!
Some fillings are just too big to place directly. There may not be enough tooth structure to hold the filling if the tooth has excessive damage or decay. Indirect restorations are called inlays (they are cemented inside the tooth within the cusps of the teeth) and onlays (involve replacing one or two cusps of the teeth as well as the inner tooth). The cusps are the points or little peaks on your teeth. Inlays and onlays are made outside the mouth and bonded in place.
Our dentists will evaluate your teeth and explain which type of filling is right for you.
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