Composite Fillings in Mount Pleasant, SC

A composite filling is a tooth-colored material used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. This dental treatment is a popular choice for those who prefer natural-looking fillings, as it can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composite fillings are not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, providing support to the structure of a weakened tooth. They are versatile, being used for a variety of dental procedures such as fixing chipped teeth, closing gaps between teeth, or reshaping disfigured teeth.

Composite Fillings in Mt. Pleasant | Southern Tides Dentistry
Composite Fillings in Mt. Pleasant | Southern Tides Dentistry

Why Should I Get Composite Fillings?

If you have a cavity, a broken tooth, or a discolored tooth, composite fillings can be an excellent solution. They offer a less noticeable alternative to traditional amalgam (silver) fillings, blending seamlessly with your natural teeth. Beyond their aesthetic appeal, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, providing further support and preventing breakage. They are also less sensitive to temperature changes, meaning you're less likely to experience discomfort when consuming hot or cold foods and drinks.

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The Benefits Of Composite Fillings

Natural Appearance

Composite fillings are designed to mimic the look of natural teeth. The material can be shaped and polished to match the color, translucency, and even the texture of your own teeth. This makes composite fillings an ideal choice for front teeth and other visible areas of your mouth.

Strengthen Teeth

Unlike amalgam fillings, which simply fill in the decayed area, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth. This not only fills the cavity but also restores a significant amount of the original tooth's strength. This can help prevent further decay and damage, extending the life of the tooth.

Versatility

The composite material used for fillings aren't just for cavities. They can also be used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. If you have a minor cosmetic issue with your teeth, composite fillings can often be an affordable and quick solution.

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The Composite Fillings Treatment Process

Removing Decay

The first step in getting a composite filling is removing the decayed or damaged part of the tooth. Dr. Clanney will carefully remove the decay, ensuring that all bacteria and debris are eliminated to prevent further decay.

Applying the Composite

Once the decay is removed, the composite material is applied in layers. Each layer is hardened or "cured" with a special light. This process is repeated until the cavity is completely filled.

Shaping and Polishing

The final step is shaping and polishing. Dr. Clanney will shape the composite to fit your tooth perfectly, ensuring that your bite is correct and the filling feels comfortable in your mouth. The filling is then polished to match the sheen of your natural teeth.

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Composite fillings can be polished to perfectly match the surrounding teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these frequently asked questions, or call us to speak with our team.

Are composite fillings suitable for all types of cavities, or are there situations where other materials might be preferred?

Composite fillings are versatile and can be used for most types of cavities, including those in both front and back teeth. They are particularly beneficial for smaller to medium-sized cavities and areas where aesthetics are a concern. However, for very large cavities or areas with significant chewing pressure, other materials such as amalgam or gold might be preferred due to their superior durability. Your dentist will evaluate the specific situation and recommend the best material for your needs based on the location and extent of the cavity, your bite, and your personal preferences.

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