Composite Fillings in Buffalo, NY
Todd Shatkin DDS is an experienced Buffalo dentist providing affordable composite fillings to patients throughout Western New York for over 30 years. Contact Aesthetic Associates Centre today to arrange your free consultation and learn how composite fillings can help enhance your smile.
When it comes to cavities and the need for fillings, traditional amalgam fillings, known as silver fillings, are a mixture of metals that have been used since 1895. While these provide an economical and long-lasting filling option, they are very noticeable and can affect a person’s self-confidence.
Composite fillings are made from a tooth-colored resin of ceramic and plastic mimic the appearance of natural teeth and are often unnoticeable to others.
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What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are made with a mixture or ceramic and plastic material. They are made to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth and, when put in place, they are invisible. They bond easily to the surface of the tooth and require less drilling, so the dentist is able to maximize the amount of natural tooth remaining. Many dental insurance plans cover the cost of composite fillings.
Why Would You Need a Composite Filling?
A composite filling is used to fill a tooth after the dentist removes the decayed portion of a cavity. In addition to cavities, composite fillings can also help repair cracked or broken teeth, offering a natural solution. If your teeth are worn down from nail-biting or teeth grinding, a composite filling can help provide additional stability.
While amalgam fillings can be used, composite fillings are used more often now because of the fact they are nearly invisible. In a society that puts a lot of weight on appearance, choosing an invisible filling over a mouth full of metal is typically the preferred choice.
What to Expect When Getting Composite Fillings?
If you are getting a composite filling done due to a cavity, your dentist begins with a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. Using a drill, air abrasion instrument, or a laser, he will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Once all the decayed material is removed, the dentist will clean the tooth and remove any bacteria or debris present.
Composite fillings are applied in layers in order to fill the area. After each layer is applied, a special light helps to cure and harden the composite. Once all the layers are applied, the dentist will trim and shape the material into the desired shape, checking that your natural bite is not affected. Finally, the composite will be polished and completed.
After Your Procedure
Because of the anesthetic used during the procedure, your mouth is likely to still be numb when you leave the office. It is very easy to bite you tongue, cheek, or lip in this case, so it is advised not to eat anything until the numbness goes away.
Caring for Composite Fillings
Caring for your filling depends on a variety of different factors. As with all your teeth, regular brushing and flossing is essential to maintain good oral health and your filling is no different. Composite fillings can stain and discolor over time, so be aware of this if you are a smoker or drink coffee, tea, and wine. If the composite filling is in a front tooth, use caution when biting into hard foods.
Schedule regular dental visits so that your fillings can be checked for cracks or shrinkage before it becomes a problem. While these fillings are strong, they can shrink and will sometimes fall out. If this occurs, contact your dentist immediately. Notify your dentist if you notice a crack or chip in the filling.
If you would like to learn more about how composite fillings can boost your confidence, function, and help you achieve the smile of your dreams, contact Todd Shatkin DDS at the Aesthetic Associates Centre to arrange your free consultation. Let his 30+ years of experience in cosmetic dentistry work for you!
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