The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings
At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, our trusted general dentists are proud to offer composite fillings to treat chipped teeth and tooth decay (cavities). Dental cavities are a common problem that develops when bacteria erode tooth enamel. In the past, cavities were treated with a material called amalgam, which is a mixture of metals, such as mercury or silver. We now know that amalgam fillings do not fuse fully with the teeth, and the mercury can be hazardous to your overall health. Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling material that offers long-term durability, biting strength, and blends naturally with surrounding tooth structure for a seamless result. If you or a loved one has mild to moderate tooth decay or damage, schedule a visit at our State College, PA state-of-the-art practice and see if composite fillings are right for your smile.
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Best Candidates for Composites
Composite resin tooth-colored fillings are used to fill in minor to moderate cavities and chipped areas on a tooth to restore health, appearance, and proper function. Safe for patients of all ages, composite fillings are also useful in treating other issues that may impact dental health, including cracks or excessive wear on the enamel from bruxism (teeth grinding). Since the composite material is shaded to blend with your own enamel, fillings may be placed on the back and front teeth for a seamless finish. These fillings often allow for a more conservative approach to care and require less removal of tooth structure to place. If you have metal fillings, talk to our dentists about having them taken out and replaced with this tooth-colored alternative.
What To Expect During Your Visit
Receiving a composite filling at Advanced Dentistry is generally a one-visit process. The treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic to help you feel comfortable. Sedation dentistry services may be considered for any fears or dental anxieties to keep you relaxed during the procedure. Once you are ready, our dentists will use an expert technique to remove the affected (decayed or damaged) tooth structure. He will then disinfect the tooth and fill in the area with a shade of composite selected to match your own tooth enamel. A curing light will be used to set (harden) your filling in place. Our dentists will then polish the filling so it matches your natural teeth and check to ensure your bite feels even and comfortable.
Caring for Composite Fillings
You will be able to resume your day after your filling is placed, but you may notice slight sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures for a few days. This can often be managed with over-the-counter pain medication to treat discomfort. If your filling seems uneven or high once the local anesthetic has worn off, please contact us so that we can arrange for a quick adjustment. Your filling can be cleaned by following a normal home oral care routine, including daily brushing and flossing. Our dentists will continually monitor the health of your filling when you visit Advanced Dentistry for your routine dental exam and cleaning visits.
Does Insurance Cover Composite Fillings?
Tooth-colored fillings are a common treatment for dental cavities and tooth damage and are typically covered in part by insurance. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance company to understand your coverage before calculating any estimated out-of-pocket costs. At Advanced Dentistry, we proudly offer a wide selection of payment options, including a Healthy Smiles Program and low-cost financing plans, to help patients get the treatment they need without financial worry.
Simple Solutions for Your Smile
Cavities and chips on the teeth can often be treated with the simplicity of a tooth-colored filling. At Advanced Dentistry of Centre County, our dentists skillfully treat minor to moderate areas of tooth decay and damage with composite fillings that blend naturally and seamlessly with your smile. If you or your family members have dental needs, please contact our State College, PA office today and schedule a consultation!