Common Composite Dental Filling Questions
When can a composite dental filling be used for?
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
How it’s done
Dr. Pickett will numb the area where the filling is going to be placed prior to beginning any work on the affected tooth. Once the numbness is in full effect, Dr. Pickett will remove any and all decayed portions within the tooth. Once the decayed area is removed, he will place a substance to open the pores of the teeth to maximize the bond between the filling and the tooth, then hardened and cured using a special light. Once cleaned, Dr. Tyson Pickett will fill the cavity within the tooth using the composite filling in layers until complete
After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is going to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, and hardened and cured with a special light. Once complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothened and polished to comfortably fit your bite.
How long do Composite Fillings last?
Composite fillings last about 6 years, which is half the time on average of an amalgam filling. This can vary depending upon use and dental healthcare habits.
How to Avoid Needing a Filling
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
- brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- flossing daily
- eating a balanced diet
- visiting the dentist regularly