A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that has become damaged because of decay, infection, cracks, or fractures. These cosmetic fillings are white and can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. In just one appointment, Dr. Mandel, your La Mesa dentist, will remove the decayed or affected portion of the tooth and then clean and fill the remaining tooth with a metal-free filling for optimal aesthetic and functional results. To learn more about metal-free dental restorations, we invite you to contact our La Mesa, CA dental practice today.
Composites are glass filled resins that are bonded to the teeth. The materials have improved dramatically in the past twenty years in terms of durability, aesthetics, wear and use of placement. The newer light-cured type of composite materials allow us to place the filling in the tooth first to check the shade and then harden the material. There are generally about ten different shades of white, yellow and grey that we can mix together to create a great shade match with your teeth. Most fillings that are placed in the front teeth are composites. Since these types of materials are bonded to your teeth and have better aesthetics than metal type fillings, and they don’t have the concern of mercury or putting extra stresses on the teeth, these are becoming more commonly done in the back teeth in smaller areas, when indicated. In the larger areas, porcelain inlays and onlays can be used to support the tooth surfaces and contact areas better.