Composite Dental Fillings

White Composite Fillings

before and after picture of silver filling and composite fillings

A composite dental filling is what many people often call a “white filling” or “porcelain filling”. They are increasing in popularity as people choose to have fillings that match the look of their natural teeth in both color and texture. Composite fillings are unlike the old silver fillings in that they are tooth-colored. Many people consider them to be more aesthetically pleasing since they are less noticeable than traditional fillings.

What Are Composite Fillings Made Of?

Composite fillings are usually made from synthetic plastic materials called composite resins. They may also be made from microscopic glass or porcelain particles. Unlike amalgam fillings, they are extremely durable and do not expand or contract with heat and cold. Composite fillings are basically fracture resistant.

Reasons for Composite Fillings:

  • Repairing chipped, broken, or cracked teeth
  • Filling in the gap between teeth
  • Fixing decayed or worn teeth
  • Evening out the surface of a tooth
  • Enhancing biting or chewing ability
  • Minor tooth reshaping

Advantages of Composite Fillings:

  • Come in a wide range of tooth colors to look more natural
  • Glued into your teeth, which actually strengthens your tooth’s structure
  • Very adhesive
  • Safe and non-invasive

How Are Composite Fillings Placed?

While composite fillings do take longer than traditional amalgam fillings, they can be completed in one visit to Dr. Fixari’s dental office.

Your tooth will be numb so there is no pain involved. First, Dr. Fixari, will remove the decayed or cracked part of your tooth. Next, your tooth is thoroughly cleaned. The composite filling will be placed in layers over the tooth’s opening. A special light is used to harden the resin. They are then shaped and polished to look as natural as possible. The fillings are bonded to the cavity or hole in the tooth, which necessitates less actual tooth repair.

You may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after you receive your composite filling, however, this is temporary and will subside after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Dr. Fixari will advise you on how to care for your new filling by practicing good oral hygiene every day. The better you care for your new composite filling, the longer it will last.

Composite fillings are not permanent and will eventually need to be replaced, but you can prolong the life of your new filling by brushing, flossing, and rinsing everyday in addition to scheduling regular checkup appointments at Dr. Fixari’s dental office.

How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?

If cared for properly, they typically last at least five years. Proper care includes good dental hygiene and regular exams at Dr. Fixari’s Columbus dental office.

How Much Do Composite Fillings Cost?

Composite fillings cost more than amalgam fillings, but less than gold fillings. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type of filling. Dr. Fixari will discuss your options with you to determine which type of filling is best for you.