What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a type of tooth filling material made with composite resin. It provides you with a tooth-colored appearance that matches surrounding teeth perfectly. Unlike amalgam filling, this composite variation is suitable for small to mid-sized cavities.
The amalgam filling is a silver filling that works best for larger areas of tooth decay. It lasts longer than composite variation; however, the appearance is not as aesthetically pleasing for some.
If you prefer tooth-colored fillings with a natural appearance, schedule an appointment with your Dr. Stout, a family dentist located in Charlotte near Eastover, Foxcroft, and Myers Park.
How much does Composite Filling cost?
Composite fillings are the preferred choice in filling material for most people. With that comes a bit of a higher price tag than the amalgamated filling.
The cost for composite fillings at most dentist offices is based on how many teeth you will need to be repaired. The price includes restoration placement, local anesthesia, and after filling follow-up care.
Placing a composite filling is a long term process and includes numerous steps. If you want to keep your natural-looking dental filling intact, maintain healthy oral hygiene. Otherwise, you may end up having surgical procedures like a root canal or dental implants.
What is the Procedure of Composite Fillings?
Getting your beautiful smile back through the use of composite fillings includes multiple steps. From preparation to follow-up, patience is a must but you’ll surely see an improved difference.
Preparing the Tooth
Your dentist cannot just apply the filling over the decay. The tooth needs to be prepared first for better bonding with the tooth surface. If you go to any general dentistry, the dentist will examine the cavity and will decide how much pre treatment is required.
Enamel etching with acid
After removing the decayed portion of the tooth, your tooth surface needs to be prepared for the bonding agent. This process is also called Dental Conditioning. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort.
Bonding Agent application
In layman’s terms, applying the bonding agent is like applying a glue-like substance to a surface. The bonding agent holds the Composite material in place over the treated area. You may find your dentist is using a small blower to disperse the bonding agent.
This blowing process ensures the even distribution of the agent over the surface. This process will end with curing using a curing light.
Placement of Dental Composite
Placing the dental composite material is the most important step. The composite filling will be placed on the cured dental bonding to fill up the prepared cavity.
The dentist usually puts a bulk of Composite over the prepared area so that they can reshape and polish it in the next phase.
In this stage, you will find the same curing light to cure the composite restoration. If your dentist is satisfied with the restoration, they will cure it with the light. It takes only 10 to 40 seconds to cure.
Shaping and Polishing
The last phase of the composite filling process is polishing. Your dentist will use finer grits, burs, polishing stones, and strips to polish the restoration buildups.
Your dentist will make sure you are 100% satisfied with the final product.
You will have to visit the dentist within a week or two after the filing is applied. These visits will ensure you do not have any complications.
Stout Dentistry offers the best in Charlotte dental care so that you can have a significant and confident smile.