A filling is a dental restoration procedure used by dentists for over a century to repair teeth that have been affected by decay, fractures, cracks and other maladies that can negatively impact the nature of the tooth and your smile.
There are many types of dental fillings made from various materials, such as gold, metal alloys, and dental amalgam. A composite filling is unlike an amalgam or metal filling, in that a composite filling is tooth colored to match the natural surrounding tooth in which it is placed. Composite fillings offer a natural aesthetic that shows no dark or metallic spots in the mouth like that of gold or silver amalgam fillings. Natural in appearance, composite fillings are also best suited to front teeth and other high-visibility areas.
As with most dental restorations involving fillings, the procedure requires the removal of the decayed portion of the tooth before the composite filling can be placed. Your composite fillings, although natural in appearance, are not indelible and may have to be replaced at some point in the future. But like most dental fillings, composite material is highly durable and will give you a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts for many years.
Patients have many choices in dental filling material. Dr. Bakhtyari often recommends composite dental fillings to correct decayed teeth, cracked or broken teeth, worn teeth, and to close gaps or spaces between teeth. At the conclusion of your dental filling, Dr. Bakhtyari will provide you with care instructions. Treat your new composite fillings just as you would your natural teeth, with regular brushing, flossing and dental visits. Your smile will thank you!