If you have a cavity or a damaged tooth, our dentist at Woodruff Family Dental will use fillings to repair the hole in your tooth and restore your beauty. Composite fillings, commonly known as tooth-colored fillings, are dental restorations that are meant to be inconspicuous and natural-looking. They blend in with the teeth and look more natural than amalgam fillings, which are darker and more visible to others. Composite fillings are constructed of ceramic and plastic materials that adhere to the teeth chemically.
The Use of Tooth-Colored Fillings
These filings are commonly utilized in small to moderately sized restorations. Almost everyone who has a cavity will be able to benefit from a beautiful tooth-colored filling. Your white filling(s) can even be placed in a single visit. They can be used to repair chipped or broken teeth as well as to fill up decaying portions of the teeth. Tooth-colored fillings are extremely long-lasting. They are more resistant to fractures than other types of fillings.
The Procedure for Tooth-Colored Filling
The method for composite fillings is quite similar to regular fillings, albeit it may take a few minutes longer. Our dentist will begin the cleaning procedure by matching the composite filling used to the color of your teeth. To ensure an effective bond has formed, some drilling or trimming is performed to build a firm base.
The damaged tooth has been extracted now that it has been prepped. A tooth conditioner is applied to the tooth's surface. This procedure, known as etching, prepares the tooth's surface for a good connection with the composite. It works by producing small microscopic imperfections on the tooth's surface. The bonding agent is applied and must be cured, which means that the bonding agent begins to solidify to establish a new seal and complete the filling procedure. Typically, this is accomplished by using a curing light, on the bonding agent. The initial bonding is now complete, and our dentist will begin adding dental composite to begin to shape your tooth. This will be a fairly similar process that involves carefully applying little amounts of the dental composite, curing the composite, and repeating until the desired look is obtained. Our dentist may ensure that the composite is properly cured by adding small amounts of composite and curing it. This results in a healthy and sturdy tooth.
Contact Woodruff Family Dental for more information on tooth-colored fillings in Jonesboro, Arkansas, or to book an appointment. Call 870-972-8190 or visit 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401.