• Mary Swift, D.D.S. | General Dentist
  • Terrel Myers, D.D.S. | General Dentist
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Composite Fillings (White Fillings) – Dallas, TX

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Overview

Composite resin or tooth-colored fillings help dentists Dr. Mary Swift and Dr. Terrel Myers treat cavities in their Dallas Laser Dentistry patients. No one likes finding out they have a cavity or cavities, but new resin composite fillings, made from ceramic and plastic compounds, match the natural color of the teeth, so the cavity can be treated without leaving any visible signs, like old gold and silver fillings. Resin composite fillings are also chemically bonded to the natural tooth, giving the structure of the tooth extra support and strength.

Best Candidate

Composite resin fillings can be used on cavities, as well as decayed, chipped, broken, or worn teeth. Since the resin matches the color and shade of the patient’s natural teeth, composite fillings are especially good for the front or any other visible teeth. Resin composite fillings are also good for patients who are allergic to the mercury in silver fillings and women who are or may become pregnant.

What to Expect

At Dallas Laser Dentistry, patients have the option of getting a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated or one of our sedation dentistry techniques. Once the patient is comfortable, Dr. Swift or Dr. Myers will remove the decayed area of the tooth. Once the decay has been fully eliminated, the cavity will be cleaned to remove bacteria and any debris. The resin composite will then be applied to the cavity in layers, using a special light to harden one layer before the next is added. Once the cavity is filled, the dentist will remove any excess resin and polish the tooth for a smooth, natural-looking finish.

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Composite Fillins FAQs

Color Match?

Since everyone’s teeth have a unique shade and coloring, the resin will be made to best match the patient’s natural teeth. Patients with dark or yellow teeth may consider including a whitening treatment during their other dental work for a renewed, younger-looking smile.

Composite Advantages?

Tooth-colored composites are usually preferred for their natural appearance, but resin composite fillings have many other benefits: the composite filling strengthens the tooth after it is chemically bonded, resin composite can be used to treat a wide variety of other dental problems outside of cavities, and the composite fillings require less of the natural tooth structure to be removed.

Long Lasting?

A typical composite filler will last about 5 years, depending on the location of the filling and how much pressure the patient puts on it. It usually takes longer to complete a composite filling procedure and a silver (amalgam) or gold filling, but most patients consider the improved appearance worth the extra time.

 

Replace Old Fillings?

All fillings, including metal fillings like gold and silver, will decay over time and need to be replaced. Many patients chose to replace their old fillings with resin composite fillings, so their cavities are not visible to everyone when they smile.

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