Composite is a resin-based material used to correct small imperfections on teeth such as cracks and chips. Here are some of the advantages of the material over amalgams:
- It is tooth-colored
- It is flexible and stronger
- It is more durable
- It allows you to use the tooth almost immediately after the procedure
What does the composite filling procedure entail?
Your dentist will first introduce you to the procedure, discuss your problem and inform you of any risks involved. You will also get to explain your expectations and ask questions if any.
During the procedure, your tooth and the surrounding tissue will be numbed using a local anesthetic to ensure you’re comfortable through the drilling and filling.
Once you’re completely numb, your dentist will use a dental drill to remove the decayed part of your tooth and create a surface where the filling material will be placed. Special medication will be applied if the dentist has to drill too close to the pulp and nerve.
Next, you will be rinsed clean and your tooth will be prepared for filling. The dentist will use special tools to place the material on the tooth before polishing and reshaping it until it takes the texture and shape of your other teeth. The material is sometimes cured using a special high-intensity light to harden it.
After the procedure, the repaired tooth may feel sensitive to heat and/or cold, but this usually doesn’t last.
Your dentist will advise you on when it will be right to start using the tooth and inform you of any after-procedure practices. You will also be given a schedule of follow up visits if necessary.
If you have a cavity that you believe can be treated using composite filling, call Andrew Mutch DDS at 626-282-2552
today to schedule an appointment and have your problem fixed with one of the best dentists in Alhambra.