Dr. Shi's Dental Office

Composite Fillings

The common materials for dentasl fillings are amalgam (silver) and composite resin. But the composite is the preference in our clinic because it :

  • Creates a strong bond with calcified tooth tissues (dentin and enamel).
  • Comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades so that it can closely mimic the appearance of natural tooth structure.
  • Minimizes to drill and shape the tooth structure.
  • can be used in both front and back teeth.
  • Is fully cured at chairside and you can use the teeth immediately.

What will the dentist do during composite fillings?

  • Numb the tooth on which the composite will be placed.
  • Clean the tooth's surface by scaling or polishing the debris off.
  • Select the shade of composite to match the natural teeth appearance.
  • Isolate the tooth from saliva using a rubber dam or cotton rolls.
  • Remove the decay and/or shape the tooth.
  • Acid etch the tooth's surface and apply bonding agent.
  • Add successive layers of composite.
  • Sculpt the composite to the final shape and complete the final polishing.

Precautions you should take with your composite fillings:

Composite resin material is not as strong as natural tooth enamel. Bonded areas of the tooth are also prone to stain. You can help maintain your composite fillings by following these tips.

  • Avoid items that can stain bonding material such as cigarettes, coffee, tea, and berries.
  • Do not put excess pressure on resins. Chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy can cause damage.

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