Dental Restorations With Composite Fillings At Safari Family Dental
For patients concerned with maintaining the appearance of their teeth, Safari Family Dental is proud to offer this option.
What Makes Composite Fillings A Good Option?
There was a point in dental history when filling options were limited to the malleable and affordable silver amalgam filling. These fillings were effective and long-lasting but came at the price of an unmistakable appearance. As time went on, new options were developed, with porcelain being a popular option for those who could afford it. Composite fillings were able to take their place between both styles of fillings, delivering the best of both worlds. They are both affordable enough for most patients while providing customized coloration that makes them nearly invisible to the casual observer. They’re a great choice for patients who have teeth that are:
- Unevenly spaced
- Broken or fractured
- Suffering from advanced decay
- Worn with the passage of time
In addition to their cosmetic properties, these fillings also have the durability to last you for many years if taken care of properly. Thankfully taking care of your new fillings is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Just be certain to brush and floss twice a day and rinse thoroughly with mouthwash. With these simple care steps, you’ll be enjoying your beautifully restored smile with composite fillings for years to come.
What’s Involved In Getting Composite Fillings?
Getting your fillings placed is generally accomplished in a single visit to the dentist’s office. The process begins with applying a local anesthetic to the target tooth prior to eliminating any remaining decay. Once dental decay has been removed and the surface of the placement area cleaned, the surface will be roughed up to prepare for the placement of the filling. Before placing the filling, the material will be mixed and compared to your natural tooth color to ensure a near match. Once this color is matched, the filling will be put in place, shaped to match your tooth, and then cured with a light that uses special frequencies.
Receiving composite fillings is part of a routine procedure, and there are few side-effects expected from undergoing it. One common experience reported by our patients at Safari Family Dental is some sensitivity to heat and cold immediately after placement. This sensitivity generally fades after a few days. Composite fillings are an excellent way of addressing issues with damage resulting from decay or certain forms of injury. Want to discover if composite fillings are appropriate for your oral health concerns? Reach out to our office and make an appointment with our team today!