Composite Dental Fillings

Composite Dental Tooth Colored FIllings at Linglestown Family Dental, Harrisburg, PA

Dental fillings are commonly used to treat dental cavities and restore the structure and function of decayed or damaged teeth.  They involve the removal of the decayed portion of the tooth and filling the resulting space with a suitable material to prevent further decay and provide support.

The process of getting a dental filling usually begins with the dentist numbing the area around the affected tooth with a local anesthetic.  Next, the decayed or damaged part of the tooth is removed using a dental drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument.  The resulting cavity is then thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris or bacteria.

Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist fills the cavity with a dental filling material.  Dental composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, are a popular alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings.  They are made of a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and glass particles, creating a natural appearance that blends seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure.

Composite fillings offer several advantages. First and foremost, they provide an aesthetically pleasing result as they can be matched to the exact color of the patient’s natural teeth. This makes them particularly suitable for filling cavities in visible areas of the mouth. Additionally, composite fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure compared to amalgam fillings, allowing for a more conservative restoration.

The procedure for placing composite fillings involves the removal of decayed or damaged tooth material, followed by the application of a bonding agent to enhance adhesion. The composite resin is then applied in layers, carefully shaped, and hardened using a special light. Once the filling is in place, the dentist will further refine and polish it to ensure a comfortable bite and a natural appearance.

Proper oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups is crucial for maintaining the longevity and effectiveness of dental fillings. With proper care, dental fillings can last for many years, providing a reliable and cost-effective solution for dental cavities.  Be sure to make an appointment for your dental exam with Linglestown Family Dental to examine your teeth, gums and mouth.  If you have a cavity that needs to be repaired with a filling, you’re in good hands.

Composite Dental Tooth Colored FIllings at Linglestown Family Dental, Harrisburg, PA

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