Dental fillings are very long lasting, but they are not a permanent solution. Over time, dental fillings may absorb moisture, causing them to swell and separate from the tooth. This can leave your tooth exposed to decay and damage.
A common concern for old dental fillings is the appearance of the dental amalgam. Fortunately, composite fillings are available in our Omaha general dentistry office that can restore and seal your tooth with a color-matched resin. To schedule a general dentistry appointment, please call The Dentists of Omaha at 402.445.4647.
The Composite Fillings Process
When a dental filling needs to be replaced, the process is much like the initial procedure of filling a tooth. The old filling is removed, along with any further decay, and the tooth is shaped to receive the new composite resin filling. A gel is applied that roughens the surfaces of the tooth where the resin will adhere to ensure a strong, long-lasting bond. The filling is carefully molded to the shape of the tooth and a high-intensity light is used to harden the resin. Once the resin is set, the tooth and filling are polished to create a smooth surface like your natural teeth.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are recommended by our experienced general dentists because they offer many benefits over traditional metal amalgam fillings. Some of the advantages of composite filings include:
- Superior bonding to the structure of the tooth
- Beautiful and natural appearance
- Less damaging to the tooth structure
- Additional restorative uses including chipped, worn, or broken teeth
Caring for Composite Fillings
Composite fillings cannot fall out because they are chemically bonded to the tooth. With proper tooth preparation, they can protect your tooth from decay for many years. Keeping up with your great oral hygiene routine is all that is needed to keep your composite fillings looking their best.
If you are considering composite fillings, contact The Dentists in Omaha, Nebraska for a consultation to find out more. With four convenient locations in Omaha, we can meet all of your general dentistry needs. Call us today at 402.445.4647.