Composite is a resin based, tooth-colored material that bonds to the tooth and is used to restore decay fractures, and breaks that are small to moderate in size. Because composite is a tooth-colored material, it is able to be matched to each specific tooth, and bonded to areas that are more visible.
Why do I need a composite filling?
- Cracks, fractures, chipped, etc.
- Discoloration due to environmental circumstances.
- Closing spaces between teeth
What does getting a composite involve?
A composite filling is a procedure that can be completed at one appointment. Dr. Edwards will start by removing the decay and preparing the tooth for its new composite filling. Once all decay has been removed, he will choose a composite material that matches your tooth as closely as possible. The space will then be filled and light cured to ensure the composite has completely bonded to the surface. Once placed, it will be shaped and smoothed to restore it to original shape and function.
Composite fillings are used in many situations for cosmetic reasons. Some examples are: tetracycline staining, white/dark spots on teeth from demineralization, and interproximal break down. The area of decay or slight break down are removed, and a sheet of composite material is added to fill in areas, but to also smooth and cover any defects. The tooth still has the same function, it just changes the aesthetic qualities.