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Dentistry - Composite
Composite "white" fillings, made of composite,
are used to restore teeth that have small cavities.
They are called "white" fillings because
of the natural, tooth color of the material. Unlike
inlays and onlays that are crafted in an outside lab,
composite fillings can be made on-site and completed
in only one office visit.
How It's Done:
A composite "white" filling is used when
the cavity is small and the patient desires a natural-looking
restoration. The dentist will numb the area, then
prepare the tooth for restoration, removing any decay.
He or she will then apply the composite, and fill
the cavity. After the composite has been cured, it
will be smoothed and shaped for fit and comfort.
No special technology is necessary for the use of
Recover/Post Op Expectations:
Following the placement of a composite filling, the
patient may experience some discomfort or tenderness
in the area. Ibuprofen can reduce the symptoms.
Complications from the use of composites are unlikely.
It is possible that you may need an adjustment to
accommodate your natural bite, and there may be minor
sensitivity for a few days.
Am I a Candidate?
If you have either a small cavity or an existing small
metal filling you wish to have replaced, you are a
candidate for a composite "white" filling.
1) Amalgam and composite
fillings. Dental composite fillings for front teeth.
Dental composite (the restorative that is used with
tooth bonding technique) has been the material of
choice for creating tooth-colored fillings for front
teeth for many decades (since the 1960's). Because
dental composite comes in a wide range of different
shades of white, it will typically mimic the color
of the tooth on which it is placed very closely.
2) White fillings for
In some instances dental composite can be an appropriate
restorative for fillings placed in back teeth. Patients
often like this option because the white color of
composite fillings is much less noticeable than the
silver coloration of dental amalgam fillings.