Cosmetic tooth fillings using composite material from San Mateo, CA dentist
Do you have a tooth in need of a filling? You are not the only one. In fact, most adults will need a filling for a cavity at some point in their lives. Just because you need to have a filling, doesn’t mean everyone has to know that you had dental work done. At San Mateo Dental Care, we offer composite tooth fillings, which are an attractive alternative to amalgam fillings. These white fillings can be matched to the natural shade of your teeth, for a restoration that’s impossible to notice.
Dental treatments don’t have to stand out
Composite resin fillings are made from a mixture of resin and powdered glass so that they maintain similar characteristics to natural tooth enamel. Composite fillings are metal-free and do not contain toxins.
The process for getting a composite filling is quick and straightforward. The first step is to eliminate the decayed part of the tooth and clean it out. Then, the cavity is filled with the composite material that matches your existing tooth color. A special dental light is used to cure the composite to ensure that it bonds securely to the tooth. This process may be completed a few times until the area is filled. To finish, the dentist will shape and polish the filling to ensure a natural bite. Most composite fillings take less than an hour and can be done with local anesthetic.
Not just for fillings
Composite material is a versatile dental solution and can be used for other restorations as well. Commonly referred to as dental bonding, it can help with the following issues:
- Repairing cracks, chips, or breaks
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Improving the shape of a tooth
- Building up worn down teeth
If you have a cavity and need a filling, there is no need to fret. Composite tooth fillings are a strong, natural-looking and long-lasting restoration that requires no special care. If you are in the San Mateo, CA area, let our team give you back a healthy smile with composite fillings. Call us today at (650) 344-7500 to schedule an appointment.