At Trinity Dental Loft, Dallas dentist can restore the health and structure of your teeth and the look of your smile in one visit. When teeth have small fractures or areas of decay, we often recommend composite fillings rather than other options for filling in teeth.
A dental filling refers to the material used to fill the hole created by the removal of decay or trauma to the tooth.
Dental fillings can be made of a variety of materials including amalgam, composite and glass ionomer. Amalgam is what many people think of when they hear fillings. Amalgam fillings are silver in color; they are an alloy made of metal and liquid mercury. The tooth colored filling materials are generally glass ionomer or composite, with composites being used most frequently. Composite filling materials are made out of a resin polymer and are made to match the color of teeth very well.
Composite fillings are:
These fillings come in a variety of shades, even translucent, so your repair can match the color of your teeth perfectly.
Another reason we recommend composite fillings is due to their ability to be used on any size defect where a filling needs to be placed. There’s no minimum amount of space needed, so no unnecessary enamel needs to be removed.
There are many types of fillings available, and composite fillings themselves come in many varieties. More durable composite material can be used for back teeth while lighter and shinier material can be used on visible teeth.
Composite fillings are extremely easy to repair, so you don’t have to worry about chips or breaks. Simply visit your dentist and have the material repaired quickly and affordably.
There are a couple situations in which a composite filling is not the best treatment option.
If you think you have a cavity or have a broken tooth, schedule an appointment to speak with our dentist about composite fillings.