Composite Fillings in Lafayette, IN
Composite fillings are commonly referred to as "white fillings". They are made up of a combination of acrylic resin and tiny glass-like particles. Composite fillings can be used to restore teeth that are decayed or chipped. Composite fillings are tooth colored and produce a restoration that looks natural. They are strong, durable, and resistant to fracture when used in small to midsized restorations. Depending on the location and size of the filling they may not be ideal in all locations of the mouth. Composite fillings often require less tooth structure to be removed because of how they are bonded to the tooth. Composite fillings cost a little more than amalgam fillings due to the increased cost of the materials utilized in their placement and the fact that they take longer to place. Our composite fillings are placed using materials of the highest quality to ensure you are receiving the best restoration possible.
Decay is first removed from the tooth in preparation for composite placement. Next the tooth surface is cleaned and an adhesive is applied to bond the composite material to the tooth. The composite material is added and hardened with a special curing light. Many times the composite material is added in several layers. After curing, adjustments are made to the surface of the filling to allow it to properly fit into the patient's bite. Finally, the filling is polished, leaving the surface smooth like a natural tooth. Once the numbness wears off it is okay to chew on the fillings.
Caring for your Composite Fillings
With proper care, high quality composite fillings should last for several years. It is very important to brush and floss around the fillings to prevent plaque and food debris accumulation. Plaque buildup around composite fillings can lead to the development new decay and the need to replace the restoration. Also, make sure to see your dentist regularly to have your fillings inspected for decay.