Dental Filling Spokane, WA
When you are in need of a filling, you want it to be as minimally obvious as possible. At Northview Family Dental, we understand that need, which is why are proud to offer our patients with the option of composite fillings. These tooth-colored fillings blend in perfectly well with your surrounding teeth to make it impossible for others to know that you have a filling at all.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Aside from the aesthetic appeal that composite fillings provide, they also provide plenty of durability. Composite fillings are made from hard materials that include glass and quartz, providing the stability that it needs to undergo the pressures of chewing that is necessary. In addition, when we place composite fillings, we do not need to remove as much of the natural enamel as is the case for traditional, amalgam fillings, which means that your tooth is stronger in the long run because nothing beats the stability of a natural tooth.
What to Expect
Placing composite fillings is a simple, minimally invasive restorative procedure. We start by making sure the area is ready first, by removing any infected portions of the tooth. This can be done with either a drill or air abrasion. This decision will be based on the severity of the decay. If there is excessive decay, a drill will be necessary, but if the decay is at the surface of the tooth and is caught early on, air abrasion can be used. Once the decay is removed, we can place the composite filling. It is placed in layers, which means that every situation is different based on the depth of the hole left behind from the decay. In between each layer, a special light is used to harden the material before the next layer is applied.
The final step in the process is to shape the tooth. This is done when the composite filling is hardened and is what provides the natural appearance to the tooth. We will make sure that the shape, size, and color mimics the teeth around the filling so that no one can tell that you have a filling at all.
Caring for your Composite Filling
As with standard oral health care, you need to take special care of the area with the composite filling to ensure its beauty for many years to come. Of utmost importance is the need to keep the area clean with regular brushing and flossing. In addition, you should watch what foods you consume in excessive amounts, coffee, tea, wine, berries, and acidic foods can stain and/or eat away at the material, causing it to wear down prematurely. You should also avoid using your teeth as a tool or putting items in your mouth that do not belong, such as nails, pencils, or other items.
We also offer Inlays and onlays, which are alternatives to traditional fillings, ideal for filling cavities that are on the chewing surfaces of your molars.
Composite fillings are a great alternative for filling your decayed teeth. Talk to us today about your eligibility for this type of filling to ensure that you are able to get the look and function of your tooth that you desire! Call us for an appointment today!
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