Composite Bonding | White Fillings

What are composite fillings?

Composite Fillings are also known as white fillings, bondings, and tooth colored fillings.  They are composed of a  synthetic resin, which can be  molded and shaped prior to being set by a high powered light.  Dr. Levine will customize the color of your filling, making it look very natural.  You may need composite bonding for the following reasons:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing a gap between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Removing silver

 

How are composite fillings placed?

If necessary,   local anesthesia is used to numb the tooth, and then the damaged or decayed area is prepared . An etchant gel  is applied to the prepared area, followed by a primer/bonding agent so that the resin material will adhere  to the tooth surface.  The composite is placed on the tooth, shaped, and hardened with intense light. Lastly the material is adjusted and polished to get a lustrous finish.

Why would you want composite over amalgam?

There are many reasons why people prefer white filling to the older amalgam filling material. The esthetic advantage is that composite can be matched to your natural tooth color.  Functionally, composite is made to mimic natural teeth by expanding and contracting to hot and cold temperatures. Additionally, tooth preparation can be more conservative due to the bond strength.  Lastly, composite does not contain mercury, a toxic substance that is released by amalgam.  Dr. Levine can speak with you regarding any other questions you may have.

Composite fillings are very durable, lasting for several years, but they will most likely need to be replaced in the future.  Maintaining healthy eating habits, regular dental visits and  consistent home care will help extend the life of your fillings.