What Is a Composite Filling?

Portrait of cheerful middle aged couple at home Restoring the smile when tooth decay occurs is essential to ensuring the damage does not get larger and deeper. Edison, NJ patients who have cavities, will need to have a filling placed. At Gentle Dental Care, Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess encourage patients to ask about composite resin fillings which are restorations that blend in with the smile and maintain its natural appearance.

What Is a Composite Resin Filling?

A composite resin filling is a common dental treatment used to repair a decayed tooth. The procedure involves removing any infected tissue, then using an ultra-thin layer of composite material to fill the affected area. This will restore your teeth to their former shape and function. For example, if you have recently had a composite resin filling placed in one of your molars or premolars, then this guide will help you understand everything about the treatment it took place.

Composite resin fillings are made from glass filings (which act as fillers) combined with different resins and bonding agents. The mixture is then heated and applied onto your tooth to create the finished product. The cured material is filed and polished to look like natural tooth enamel.

When Do I Need a Composite Filling?

You might need a composite filling if you have one or more small to moderate cavities that are affecting the health of your teeth. The procedure is far less invasive than crowns and inlays/onlays, and therefore it doesn’t require as much drilling into the tooth’s surface area. It provides a conservative option for patients worried about affecting their current, healthy tooth structure, which will need to be removed more for the placement of dental crowns. There are situations in which a combination of a filling and a dental crown may be recommended, especially if the filling leaves the natural tooth structure more susceptible to damage.

How Do I Learn More About Composite Resin Fillings?

Drs. Brad Strober and Rebecca Kucharsky Hiess of Gentle Dental Care in Edison, NJ, believe in providing aesthetic restorations when problems such as tooth decay occur. If you want to speak to one of our providers about composite resin fillings for cavities, call 732-549-5660 today!

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