Filling the Gap with Composite Fillings

General Dentistry

Filling the Gap with Composite Fillings

Sometimes it’s necessary to have dental work completed so you can keep your teeth in the best condition possible. Although there are different types of filling materials available, composite fillings continue to be the most popular. 

What is a composite filling? 

A composite filling is a plastic mixture that matches the color of your teeth. Your local dental clinic uses the same composite filling material for cosmetic dentistry when patients need teeth.

Prepping the tooth;

Before a filling can be placed it’s necessary for the local Westborough dentist to remove all decay from the tooth. He will then clean the area to ensure bacteria and debris are absent before the filling is put in. Next the tooth must be isolated. Dry conditions around the tooth are necessary or the composite material will not stick. A dry, saliva free area around the tooth is achieved by using cotton rolls or a small rubber devise called a rubber dam.

Inserting the composite material;

One the tooth is ready the dentist will begin layering the composite material and liquid bonding agents into the tooth and he will harden each layer with a specialized light that will bond the material and make it stick. He will shape the composite material to fill the hole. 

When the dentist is finished inserting the composite material he will remove the isolation material and will have you bring your upper and lower teeth together to ensure your bite is correct. 

What will it look like? 

It will look amazing, like nothing happened! The composite filling material will be matched to the color of your teeth. When you look in the mirror and smile, the filling should be unnoticeable. In the past some filling materials were silver and over time they would often turn black. Composite fillings will look natural, as though you had nothing done. 

Composite fillings are an affordable way to keep your mouth healthy and your smile happy. Call your local dental office today to see if composite fillings might be the right fillings for you. 


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