If you have a cavity or other damage to a tooth, one of the best options is to turn to fillings. At Wilshire Dental in West LA, Dr. Melanie offers composite fillings to help prevent further damage to the tooth and ensure your smile continues to look great.book an appointment
Composite fillings are standard fillings that are tooth-colored to match the rest of your teeth. The composite materials can be customized to perfectly match the tooth by using acrylic resin reinforced with a powdered glass filler.
This treatment is a good option for a variety of dental restoration procedures. These include:
Composite fillings are also helpful when restoring chipped teeth. The most common reasons people turn to these types of fillings are cavities, injuries that cause tooth damage, and damage because of bruxism.book an appointment
Composite fillings are durable and can withstand the same amount of pressure as your natural teeth. Although they will not last your entire life, you can expect many years of not having to worry about the fillings.
A benefit of composite fillings is that they work well for both small fixes and large repairs. They provide the stability a severely damaged tooth needs while also allowing our team to fix chips and cracks.
Another benefit of composite fillings is that they are tooth-colored. You don’t have to worry about anyone being able to tell that you have had work done on a tooth.
For most people, composite fillings can be completed in one visit. Tooth sensitivity is also minimal.
When you come for your appointment, Dr. Melanie will focus on choosing the right shade of composite filling so the results look as natural as possible. Once that’s done, you’ll receive a numbing agent to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Melanie will remove the decayed or damaged part of your tooth and clean the area to prepare it for the filling material.
Dr. Melanie will then layer the composite materials, using a special LED light to quickly dry and set the layers. Once she finishes this step, she’ll shape the composite filling so it looks and feels right when you bite down.