Most adults today have experienced the need for a dental restoration due to damage or decay. You may even have an old mercury filling from your childhood that has darkened the color of your tooth over time.
Fortunately, modern dentistry and improved materials provide us with the ability to restore your smile without casting a dark shadow from amalgam fillings.
At Alicia C. Almeida, DMD, PC, we offer composite restorations to protect and restore the comfort and esthetics of your smile.
Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings
Decay is one of the most common preventable diseases in America. It occurs when bacteria soften the protective enamel covering your tooth and eat away at this essential layer. The softer dentin beneath your enamel covers your nerve and other softer tissues in your tooth structure. Deep decay can lead to pain, infection, and tooth loss.
We use digital dental x-rays, combined with a visual exam of your teeth to diagnose decay. To eliminate decay, Dr. Almeida or Dr. Tannenbaum will gently remove any diseased tooth structure and sterilize the area. Next, we will place your composite filling, adding tooth-colored material to fill in the cavity left by decay and curing it to make it strong, sturdy, and durable.
Finally, we will shape and polish the composite filling so that it blends in with your existing tooth structure, creating a realistic and virtually undetectable restoration.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
In addition to matching the color of your natural tooth, composite fillings have a number of benefits.
More stable – Because they do not contain metal, composite fillings do not expand and contract as amalgam fillings sometimes do, reducing the likelihood of a split restoration.
No mercury – Some patients have concerns about the safety of amalgam fillings because they contain small amounts of mercury.
Tooth preservation – When using composite material, we remove less of the healthy tooth structure than is necessary with amalgam fillings.
Cosmetic bonding – If you have small imperfections in your teeth, such as a narrow gap or chipped tooth, we can often repair it using composite fillings. This procedure is both affordable and fast. We can often make these repairs on the same day.
Teeth Whitening and Composite Restorations
When you need a filling or cosmetic bonding, we match the shade of the composite to your existing teeth. If you would like a whiter smile, it is a good idea to complete the teeth whitening process prior to any composite restorations.
Contact Us to Schedule an Exam
If you would like to explore your options or learn more about composite restorations, contact our Naugatuck, CT dental office and schedule an exam with Dr. Alicia Almeida or Dr. Lawrence Tannenbaum. We look forward to providing you with a healthy, beautiful smile.