Composite fillings, also known as white fillings or tooth colored fillings, provide a non-invasive method to restore teeth that are damaged, decayed, or discolored. Composite fillings are made from dental composite resin, which is a mixture of ceramic and glass particles dispersed in a plastic resin. Composite fillings can bond directly to the enamel, creating a leak-resistant seal while also maintaining a natural appearance.
Did You Know?
The composite resin used for composite fillings can also be used for composite bonding to repair minor chips and cracks in the teeth, as well as for the fabrication of composite veneers.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I need a composite filling?
You may need a composite filling if you have a small to medium area of damage or decay on one or more teeth. You may also be a candidate for composite resins if you are looking to improve the appearance of your teeth in a non-invasive way. To determine if composite fillings or resins are right for you, schedule a consultation with Dr. Guirguis today.
What can I expect when having a composite filling placed by Dr. Guirguis?
When having a composite filling placed by Dr. Guirguis, you can expect to have the affected tooth anesthetized so that you don’t feel anything. Then, Dr. Guirguis will begin by first removing any decayed tissue from the tooth. He will then fill the remaining cavity with composite resin. Composite resin is initially applied as a thick gel that is hardened in place one layer at a time. The final layer is then shaped and colored to match the surrounding tooth structure before being hardened in place.
Will I need to follow any special instructions after having a composite filling placed?
After having your composite filling placed, you will be able to return to your normal routine. Since the composite resin is hardened during the procedure, you can also immediately return to your usual diet and you will have no special instructions to follow. To care for your composite filling, you will simply need to brush twice a day, floss daily, and visit Dr. Guirguis at least twice a year for dental cleanings. In most cases, you can expect your composite filling to last about 5-7 years before needing to be replaced.