Did you know that over two-thirds of Americans will need to have at least one cavity filled in their lifetime? In the past, amalgam fillings were the number one choice for repairing tooth decay. The filling material was originally chosen for its strength and longevity; however, their silver color can detract from the appearance of the smile. Today, patients in Fallbrook, CA, have a natural-looking option for repairing cavities. White composite fillings are a strong, beautiful option that will blend in seamlessly in the smile.
What are composite fillings?
Fillings are a common type of dental restoration that restores the function and missing tooth structure caused by cavities. Composite fillings, also called tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin mixture of plastic and glass. These white fillings blend in beautifully with the natural tooth structure so no one will ever know you have had a filling.
Benefits of composite resin fillings
- Beautiful and natural-looking – composite resin material very closely matches natural tooth enamel, down to the translucency, making the filling blend in with the tooth.
- Durable – your teeth are designed to withstand tremendous force every time you bite and chew. Composite resin material is strong and long-lasting so it can withstand these daily forces.
- Conservative – composite resin material expands and contracts to temperatures similar to that of natural teeth, which means that the fillings are less likely to cause the tooth to fracture.
The filling process
When you have a cavity, the thought of a filling may cause anxiety, but we encourage you not to panic. Having a filling placed is a straightforward procedure that is done with your comfort and care in mind. The first step is to thoroughly numb the area so that the entire process is pain-free. We will then gently remove the decayed material from the tooth and sanitize the area. Once the area is dry, we then apply the composite material in layers, using a special light to harden it. Once the filling portion is complete, we will shape and polish the filling so your bite is natural.
If you are in the Fallbrook, CA area and would like to learn more about the benefits of white cavity fillings, you can reach us at (760) 284-8477.