Composite Dental Fillings
Here at Noreen Goldwire, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bothell, WA we want all of our patients to be happy with their smile and their oral health. We understand that accidents happen, especially when it comes to dental health, it’s just so easy to forget to brush and floss. For this reason, we offer composite dental fillings, which are fillings that blend-in seamlessly with your natural teeth. Gone are the days of huge metallic fillings that show up in your smile! If you ever notice that your teeth ache or are causing you discomfort, please call us right away at (425) 485-4010 and schedule an appointment to be seen.
How Cavities Form
Cavities form due to bacteria that we call plaque that live in our mouth. These bacteria feed on the foods leftover in our mouth and release acids as a byproduct. These bacteria build up on the teeth and gums as the day progresses, and hopefully, at the end of the day, they are washed away by thorough brushing and flossing. If we forget to brush or floss, these bacteria will form colonies. If left alone for long enough, plaque colonies will begin to eat away at the surface of your teeth, infecting them with what we call a cavity. It is the acid byproduct that weakens the tooth and allows the bacteria to penetrate deeper into the tooth. It is only at late stages of cavity development when the tooth becomes so weakened that a hole forms. Cavities usually develop without any symptoms. It is only at late stages when the tooth breaks or you begin to get sensitivity or a toothache that you would be alerted that something is not right with your tooth. That is why it is so important to get regular checkups so we can diagnose and treat cavities at their earliest stages.
What are composite dental fillings?
Everyone remembers the old amalgam dental fillings, they were silver or black in color and usually quite large. Composite dental fillings are the exact opposite of amalgam fillings – they are smaller and extremely discreet. Amalgam fillings required a large amount of tooth structure to be drilled away to be successful in the long-term. Composite dental fillings can be successful even in very small drilling sites. Composite dental fillings allow us to leave more of your healthy tooth in place. Amalgams contain mostly mercury and silver. Composite fillings are metal free. Composite is also matched to the color of your teeth exactly, making it almost impossible to tell whether you have had dental work done.
Placing Your Composite Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are a straightforward procedure that we perform easily and often. We will administer a local anesthetic to make sure that you feel no discomfort throughout the procedure. We will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. We will then clean and dry the tooth. We will match the color of your teeth. Composite resin is made of a mixture of glass, plastic, and a resin binding agent. We will apply this resin mixture to the drilling site and sculpt it carefully to match the contours of your tooth. The filling will be set in place permanently with a special light.
Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings
Composite dental fillings have a wide variety of benefits: