Sometimes, the best choice for a dental restoration is the easiest and least expensive, and that’s a tooth-colored composite filling. As you might image, we do a lot of those at Brighton Dental here in San Diego, and we can help you decide if a composite restoration is the right choice to restore function and beauty to your mouth.
Composite fillings are also the best choice for replacing harmful old dental work. In the past – and even today in some places – dentists used a substance called amalgam for some fillings. Amalgam looks like silver and contains silver and perhaps other metals, but it also contains mercury, a substance known to cause health issues. We can remove old amalgam fillings, and we usually replace those with durable, modern composite material.
More About Composite Fillings
When you have a tooth with a spot of decay or some damage from another cause, we can remove the damaged portion and replace it with a safe, biocompatible dental composite material that looks and acts like your natural tooth did. A good percentage of your friends and family probably have composite fillings, and so does nearly everyone you meet. These fillings are the most common dental restorations.
Once we see what’s wrong with your tooth, Dr. Woods can make a recommendation for restoration to you. In some cases, you may have several choices. In other cases, a composite filling may be your best, quickest and most painless solution to your problem. And unlike old silver amalgam, it can be tinted to match your existing tooth color precisely.
A composite filling may be your best choice for:
• Repairing a chipped tooth
• Filling a broken tooth
• Building up a worn tooth
• Taking care of damage from decay
• And more.
A composite filling is usually done in a single office visit. We use one of our painless numbing techniques if necessary before removing the damage or decay, then we clean the area where you need the filling. If the decay goes all the way down to the tooth nerve, we add a special medicine for protection and to help ensure there is no pain from impact to the nerve. Dr. Woods then places the filling, shapes and polishes it and you’re all done. It couldn’t be much simpler or quicker.
After a composite filling, you may notice sensitivity to cold or hot sensations for a short time, but this usually subsides very quickly. Most people don’t notice this issue at all. If you practice good oral hygiene, the filling can last for years – although no dental restoration lasts forever. We can often replace old fillings with new ones if they wear away or get decay around them over time.
Part Of An Array Of Choices
Composite fillings may be the simplest dental restoration choice and the type most commonly installed by our team at Brighton Dental San Diego, but they aren’t the right choice for every issue. Complex dental issues require complex solutions, but every problem has a solution.
If you’re experiencing pain or have visible damage to a tooth, please make an appointment to see us as soon as you can. We can help with every situation. If a composite filling isn’t the right choice, we’ll tell you what we recommend instead. We have an array of restoration choices for every kind of dental issue, and we can get your oral and overall health back on track.
Learn more about fillings on our Composite Fillings page – then contact us for the help you need. From the moment you arrive until your restoration is complete, we’ll make sure you have a good experience. We want to be the dentist you trust for better oral health and a better life.