When cavities develop, dental professionals often suggest fillings to avoid infection and stabilize the tooth. Fillings are the most common dental restoration service in dentistry and the options have grown. While there are several options on the market, amalgam and composite resin are the most common. Here Dr. Stephen Coates shares all the information you need on composite fillings, how long you can expect them to last, how they are applied, and more.

Why Are Fillings Needed?

For cavities in the tooth but not into the pulp, it can be drilled out and filled. This is done because your dentist wants to remove the decay and mitigate the damage in your mouth.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite resin fillings offer a natural look as they can be tailored to match your other teeth, so they blend in better than other fillings. They are made of acrylic resin reinforced with a powdered glass filling. The filling is used to repair teeth that are decayed, cracked, or fractured. Dr. Stephen Coates is skilled in matching composite resin filings to your existing teeth, blending them with your natural smile.

Uses for Composite Fillings

These durable fillings are used for:

  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Veneers
  • Inlays
  • Crowns

Why Choose Composite Fillings

Several filling materials are available, including amalgam, gold, ceramic, and glass ionomer. Composite fillings are durable and resistant to fracture. Used on both front and back teeth, they are perfect for those looking for a natural-looking smile. They are more expensive than amalgam and are not covered by all insurance plans.

How are Composite Fillings Applied

Composite fillings require only one visit to apply. When they are first placed, there may be temperature sensitivity, but this will subside. After the tooth has been numbed, Dr. Coates will remove decay and clean and disinfect the space. He will then place the composite filling, shape, and polish it, restoring the tooth to its original form and function.

Call Dr. Stephen Coates, DDS, for a Filling Consultation

Composite fillings may be the right choice for you to achieve a natural-looking smile with restorative services. They will also protect decay from further weakening the teeth. Dr. Coates will talk with you during your consultation about your options and explain what to expect at the application appointment.

To prevent or decrease the risk of cavities, maintain your oral health with regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, eating healthy, and visiting with us regularly! Give the Long Beach dental office of Stephen Coates, DDS, a call at 562-434-6414 or request your appointment here.