Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings at Woodard Family Dentistry, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, are used to repair teeth that have been affected by decay, fractures, or other damage. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings that are made of a mixture of metals, composite fillings are composed of a resin-based material that can be closely matched to the color of your natural teeth. This makes them an ideal choice for restoring the appearance and function of teeth while maintaining a natural look.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings have numerous advantages over traditional metal fillings, making them a popular choice among patients and dental professionals alike. Some of the key benefits include:

  • Aesthetics: Composite fillings can be color-matched to your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural appearance. This is especially important for fillings in visible areas of your mouth.
  • Bonding strength: The composite material bonds directly to the tooth structure, providing additional support and strength to the affected tooth.
  • Structurally conservative: Less tooth structure needs to be removed when placing composite fillings compared to amalgam fillings, preserving more of your natural tooth.
  • Versatility: Composite fillings can be used to repair both front and back teeth, making them a versatile option for various dental restorations.
  • Mercury-free: Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings do not contain mercury, making them a safer and more environmentally friendly option. Call us to learn more.

Applications of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are used to address various dental issues. Some common applications include:

  • Treatment of cavities: Composite fillings are frequently used to treat cavities caused by tooth decay. The filling material restores the tooth's structure and prevents further decay.
  • Repair of chipped or cracked teeth: Composite fillings can repair minor chips and cracks in teeth, restoring their appearance and function.
  • Restoration of worn teeth: Teeth that have been worn down by grinding or other factors can be restored with composite fillings to improve their shape and function.
  • Closing gaps between teeth: Composite fillings can be used to close small gaps between teeth, enhancing the appearance of your smile.
  • Make cosmetic enhancements: Composite fillings can be used for cosmetic purposes, such as reshaping teeth or improving the overall appearance of your smile.

The Composite Filling Procedure

The process of getting a composite filling at Woodard Family Dentistry is straightforward and designed to ensure your comfort and satisfaction. Here is an overview of the steps involved:

Consultation and Examination

The first step in the composite filling procedure is a consultation with Dr. Woodard. During this appointment, he will examine your teeth, discuss your dental history, and take X-rays if necessary to assess the extent of the decay or damage. Based on this assessment, he will determine if a composite filling is the best treatment option for your needs.

Preparing the Tooth

Once it has been determined that a composite filling is appropriate, the next step is to prepare the affected tooth. Dr. Woodard will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth, ensuring that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. He will then remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth using specialized dental instruments.

Cleaning the Cavity

After removing the decay, Dr. Woodard will thoroughly clean the cavity to remove any bacteria and debris. This step is crucial to prevent future decay and ensure the longevity of the filling.

Placing the Composite Filling

With the tooth prepared and cleaned, Dr. Woodard will proceed to the placing of the composite filling. The composite material is applied in layers, with each layer being carefully shaped and hardened using a special curing light. This layering technique allows for precise control over the shape and contour of the filling, ensuring a natural look and feel.

Shaping and Polishing

Once the filling material has been fully applied and hardened, Dr. Woodard will carefully shape and polish the filling to ensure it fits seamlessly with your natural tooth structure. This step involves refining the shape, checking your bite, and making any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.

Final Check and Aftercare Instructions

After the filling has been shaped and polished, Dr. Woodard will perform a final check to ensure that everything looks and feels right. He will also provide you with aftercare instructions to help you care for your new filling and maintain your oral health.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensuring the longevity and effectiveness of your composite fillings. Here are some tips to help you take care of your new fillings:

  • Good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and prevent decay.
  • Regular dental visits: Schedule regular check-ups and cleanings with Dr. Woodard to monitor the condition of your fillings and overall oral health.
  • Avoid hard foods: Be cautious when eating hard foods, such as ice or hard candy, as these can damage your fillings.
  • Limit the intake of taining foods and beverages: Foods and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, and berries can stain composite fillings. Rinse your mouth with water after consuming these items.
  • Address bruxism: If you grind or clench your teeth, consider wearing a nightguard to protect your fillings and prevent damage to your teeth.

Conclusion

Composite fillings are a modern, aesthetically pleasing solution for restoring damaged or decayed teeth. At Woodard Family Dentistry in Spokane Valley, WA, Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, and our dedicated team are committed to providing the highest quality dental care, including advanced composite filling treatments. By choosing composite fillings, you can have a natural-looking, durable restoration that enhances both the function and appearance of your teeth.

Are you ready to experience top-quality dental care for your entire family? Visit Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, at Woodard Family Dentistry, conveniently located at 1020 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Don't wait any longer to take care of your oral health.Call us today at (509) 924-8585 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.

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