Composite Fillings

Restore Your Smile with Natural-Looking Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a popular dental treatment used to restore teeth that have been damaged or decayed. At Dentistry of North Port, our North Port, FL dentist, Dr. Rosa Hernandez, offers this treatment to patients who want to improve the health and appearance of their teeth. If you are experiencing tooth pain or discomfort, or if you want to improve the appearance of your teeth, composite fillings may be the right option for you.

To learn more about how composite fillings can boost the appearance of your smile, contact Dentistry of North Port by calling (941) 200-5812.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings are used to fill cavities or repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth. They’re made up of a composite resin material applied to the affected area of the tooth. This material matches the color of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural-looking restoration.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are highly recommended due to their various benefits, including:

  • Natural Appearance: Composite fillings are designed to match the color of your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
  • Durability: Composite fillings are made of a strong and durable material that can withstand normal wear and tear.
  • Versatile: Composite fillings can repair various dental issues, including cavities, chipped teeth, and worn teeth.
  • Minimally Invasive: The procedure for getting composite fillings is minimally invasive, meaning less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to other types of dental restorations.

Candidacy for Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are suitable for patients with minor to moderate tooth decay or damage. Patients should have good oral hygiene and healthy teeth and gums. Patients with more extensive damage may require alternative treatments, such as dental crowns or bridges.

Composite Fillings Process

First, your North Port dentist will numb the affected area using a local anesthetic to ensure you don’t feel any pain during the procedure. Once the area is numb, the dentist will remove any decay or damage from the affected tooth using a special dental drill. 

Next, Dr. Hernandez will apply the composite resin material to the affected area of the tooth and shape it to match the surrounding teeth. This resin material is tooth-colored and blends in with your natural teeth. She will carefully sculpt the resin to ensure it looks natural and fits seamlessly with your other teeth.

After applying the composite resin, she will use a special light to harden the material. This process is called curing, and it helps to ensure the filling is durable. Finally, Dr. Hernandez will polish the composite filling to ensure it matches the surrounding teeth and feels smooth. 

Once the procedure is complete, you can eat and drink as normal, although you may experience some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures for a short time following the procedure. It’s vital to maintain good oral hygiene habits to prevent future cavities and keep your teeth healthy.

 

Aftercare Tips for Composite Fillings

After getting composite fillings, it‘s crucial to:

  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brush and floss regularly to maintain good oral hygiene and prevent future decay.
  • Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods: Composite fillings may be more susceptible to damage from hard or sticky foods, so it is best to avoid them.
  • Visit the Dentist Regularly: Regular check-ups at the Dentistry of North Port can help identify any issues early on and prevent future dental problems.

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are composite fillings made of?

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored mixture of plastic and glass. This material is strong, durable, and blends in with the natural color of your teeth.

How long do composite fillings last?

Composite fillings can last up to 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance. However, their lifespan can vary depending on factors such as the size and location of the filling and your oral hygiene habits.

Are composite fillings safe?

Yes, composite fillings are considered safe and have been used in dentistry for many years. They do not contain any mercury or other harmful materials.

Will getting composite fillings be painful?

The procedure for getting composite fillings is minimally invasive and typically does not cause any pain. The dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. After the procedure, you may experience some sensitivity or discomfort, but this should subside within a few days.

Safe, Durable, and Minimally Invasive Solution for Your Dental Needs

Composite fillings are a popular and effective dental restoration option for patients who want to improve the health and appearance of their teeth. They provide a natural-looking and durable restoration that can last many years with proper care and maintenance. 

Dentistry of North Port offers this treatment to patients who want to restore their teeth and improve their overall oral health. Contact our North Port, FL, dental office by calling (941) 200-5812 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.

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