Composite fillings refer to a filling material dentists use to fill a tooth to repair the tooth decay or cavity. This filling material is a blend of glass or quartz and a resin. This material is durable and strong. It is a tooth-colored filling to composite in with the remaining natural part of the affected tooth. In Carmichael, Redford Dental Care facilitates people by providing a complete range of dental services including composite fillings.
The composite fillings are more advanced filling material as compared to the earlier material of fillings like silver amalgam. At Redford Dental Care, we ensure that composite fillings are more durable. They are more resistant to fractures in small or medium extent of restorations when utilized with normal use and chewing pressure. Composite fillings also allow our dentists, Dr. Redford and Dr. Davey to remove less structure of the tooth. Due to which, they can save most parts of your tooth.
Are Composite Fillings Safe?
For the filling of a decayed area, normally, dentists use different types of material such as silver amalgam and composite fillings. However, which one is safe is a big question that our dentists often hear from the people in Carmichael. The answer to this question depends on various considerations like cost, durability, installation technique and aesthetic.
For your guidance, we are discussing the difference between different fillings, which helps you recognize the best one. As compared to silver amalgam, composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings are more effective as mentioned by Dr. Redford and Dr. Davey. This is because like metal alternatives, the material used in composite fillings is actually safer. This is because it does not release the gasses in your body and is good for your oral and overall health.
Composite fillings provided at Redford Dental Care protect the teeth and prevents tooth loss. In terms of cost, composite fillings are a little expensive as compared to the other fillings material. When it comes to safety, we refer composite or tooth-colored fillings to people.
How we do Composite Fillings?
The process of composite fillings does not take much time as it is only a one-day treatment. At Redford Dental Care, we have the following process of new or replaced composite fillings:
- First, we numb the tooth and remove the tooth decay as necessary. To remove tooth decay, we use a dental handpiece or laser. This helps eliminate bacteria or debris prior to the completion of the restoration.
- On the other side, it is necessary to keep the tooth dry throughout the process. Therefore, during the process, we place a dental tool known as the sucker in the patient’s’ mouth for an extended time.
- After removing tooth decay, we thoroughly clean the space so that new fillings can be placed. In case, the decay is near the tooth’s nerve we apply special medications for maximum protection.
- Next, we precisely place and shape the composite fillings to match your original tooth color. After that, we restore the tooth to its original function. Once applied, it gets dry completely and hardens in very short time.
At Redford Dental Care, the whole process of composite fillings is painless and takes less time to complete. After completion of the process, it is also possible that the patient may experience sensitivity to hot and cold. This will be for the short time and will reduce after the tooth acclimated to the new filling. Along with this, our experts Dr. Redford and Dr. Davey give you extra care instructions like good oral hygiene practices, healthy eating habits, and regular dental visits. All these instructions are necessary to follow because they will help you in keeping the composite fillings for the long-time.
When to Replace Composite Fillings
One question that people often ask from Dr. Redford and Dr. Davey is when they need to replace the composite fillings. One should keep this thing in mind that nothing lasts forever in life. Similarly, one-time fillings will not be there for forever. You will need to replace the fillings after a specific period of time or due to any unexpected situation. Here are some of the key reasons when you need to replace composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings:
Signs of Tooth Decay: you need to change your composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings when you find any sign of decay in your tooth. This is because it may cause more damage to your teeth if not treated properly. The most common reason for tooth decay is the loss of enamel that may lead to tooth sensitivity. However, if the placement of composite filling completes successfully, it will also eliminate the issue of enamel.
Chipping or Cracking: the second condition when you need to change your composite fillings is the cracking or chipping in the fillings. It is immediate to change the fillings because it may cause a choking hazard or any other serious health issue.
Leakage: This is one of the most common causes when you need to change the composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings. It is a situation, in which fillings leaves a gap within the tooth. In this gap, saliva and bacteria can interact freely and may cause further damages. Therefore, it is better to respond to the leaking fillings before it gets out of hand.
How Can Redford Dental Care Assist You?
Composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings require the assistance of trustable dentists who are difficult to find. Therefore, Redford Dental Care is here to help you to make the best selection of dentists. If you need a new composite filling or you want to replace the existing fillings, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at (916)-972-8851.
A great family operation (pun intended). I have been a patient of Dr. Davey for a long time and recently had an emergency and the staff and Dr. Davey handled it very well for me and I'm no longer in pain. Tooth infections are a bear to deal with. Thanks again Dr. Davey and staff.
James D. - Patient
You guys are always awesome....from the moment I walk in the door to the moment I leave,. It doesn't matter who I'm dealing with, staff, hygienists, dentists, etc., everyone there is great and always goes above and beyond to make me feel like I am your favorite patient. Wait. I am, aren't I? You guys are stuck with me unless you up and leave town!
Tonja B. - Patient
I am a big chicken when it comes to the dentist & Dr. Redford & the staff are awesome & very understanding when I'm panicking! He does great work and it's been a long time since I've found a great dentist like him! Not only does he do great work, he is truely a great person!
Melissa Z. - Patient