Composite Fillings

composite fillingsSummerlin, Las Vegas, and Henderson Nevada

Most people assume they will need a filling at some point in their lives. Even if you are diligent about taking care of your oral health, the occasional cavity can develop. In fact, according to statistics, nearly 92% of Americans between ages 22-64 have had tooth decay in their permanent teeth!

If you need a filling or would like to have an old silver filling replaced, the team of professionals at Inspire Dental of Summerlin can install a beautiful, functional tooth-colored filling. Unlike the silver metallic fillings, composite fillings can be matched to the shade of your other natural teeth and come with additional benefits for your oral health.

What is a composite filling?

Composite fillings, also known as a white filling, are tooth-colored fillings. They are made from a resin medium mixed with a filler of either glass or quartz.

In addition to being a better choice for appearance reasons, a tooth-colored filling is ideal for any patient suffering from a metal allergy. Nickel, which is one of the most common metal allergies, is frequently used in the fabrication of traditional metallic fillings.

How is a composite filling installed?

After a local anesthetic is applied, Summerlin family dentist Dr. Matthew Wilson will remove the cavity, as well as any portion of the tooth that is damaged. Once the tooth is prepared, a bonding agent is applied, and then the filling is placed onto the tooth.

Dr. Wilson will expertly shape and contour the filling to look just like a real tooth, and then use a special light to cure/harden the composite material. The final step requires a gentle polish to make the filling look shiny, like natural tooth enamel.

Installing a composite filling typically takes places in just one dental visit.

Benefits of Composite

Benefits of a composite filling, as compared to traditional metal fillings, include the following:

  • Installing a tooth-colored filling retains a greater amount of your natural tooth structure.
  • Less likely to fracture or fail, because the filling is bonded directly to the tooth, unlike metal fillings.
  • Expands and contracts at the same rate as your natural teeth during the normal temperature changes that take place in your mouth every time you eat and drink, unlike metal fillings, which cause teeth to crack or break.
  • Results that are more aesthetic since the composite material is color matched to look just like your natural tooth. Silver fillings do not match your teeth and are obvious when you talk or smile.

There are some cases in which Dr. Wilson may recommend a larger restoration to preserve your tooth. In these cases, a porcelain inlay/onlay or dental crown may be better suited for you. The best way to determine if a composite restoration is right for you is to seek a consultation with Las Vegas family dentist, Dr. Wilson.

Dental Fillings in Summerlin

If you have a cavity or wish to “upgrade” your existing fillings, let the staff at Inspire Dental of Summerlin show you the benefits of a composite, tooth-colored filling. Contact us today by calling (702) 331-4700 to schedule a consultation.

Inspire Dental of Summerlin welcomes patients of Henderson, Las Vegas, and Summerlin, Nevada.