composite fillings

Composite fillings, also referred to as white or bonded fillings, are excellent and natural looking alternatives to traditional metal amalgam fillings.
Crafted from a mixture of dental resin and other materials, dental composites mimic the color, texture, and appearance of natural tooth material.

About the material
The material for composite, or white, fillings is a specially formulated composite of a strong dental resin and other particulate material designed for maximum strength, adhesion, and tooth like appearance.

Applied directly to the cavity during a filling procedure, the composite is custom-mixed on site and then molded and formed to fill the tooth precisely. It is then cured using a specially calibrated light that creates a sturdy, durable, finish that mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel.

About the composite fillings procedure
The procedure for a composite filling is very similar to that for a traditional metal-mercury amalgam filling, completed in the course of a single office visit.
First, your damaged tooth will be cleaned and the decayed portion cleared thoroughly. Then, the dental composite material will be custom mixed to look just like the rest of your teeth.

The composite material, which is a putty-like consistency, is then packed carefully into the cavity, and the filling formed to the shape of your natural tooth. Depending on the extent and complexity of the cavity, several layers may be applied individually.

Once your filling is the correct size and dimensions, the composite material will be cured using a special handheld device that aims a targeted beam of bright light at the filling. This creates a hard, durable, enamel-like surface that can withstand all normal uses such as biting and chewing.

Lastly, any final adjustments will be made to ensure that the filling doesn't interfere with your proper jaw alignment and that the tooth looks and fits properly with surrounding teeth.