Composite Fillings

Strong, Lifelike Dental Fillings Made from Tooth-Colored Composite Resin

Leading Dental Solutions offers tooth-colored dental fillings to repair decayed teeth. When you choose our Lansdale, PA, practice for your restorative care, Dr. David M. Kaffey uses advanced technology to examine your tooth and determine whether a filling is right for you. Tooth-colored fillings offer a number of benefits, the biggest being their realistic appearance. At the same time, white composite can also strengthen and protect your tooth more effectively than metal. Therefore, in addition to placing new fillings, we can replace old restorations with composite for a stronger bond and improved look.

Do You Need a Dental Filling?

Dental decay develops when bacteria⏤typically the result of sugar and starches⏤form acids that slowly erode your enamel. If this erosion goes unchecked, you can lose more and more protective tissue, and a cavity will develop. Dental fillings are the most common treatment for tooth decay.  However, if your cavity is particularly large, you could require a bigger restoration, such as a crown, or inlay or onlay. If you develop a toothache, or if we detect a cavity during a routine exam, your dentist will carefully determine the right type of restoration for you. Using a state-of-the-art intraoral camera, he can obtain a precise view of your tooth for a more accurate diagnosis.

Composite allows for more conservative treatment, since your dentist will need to remove less dental tissue when prepping your tooth.

The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings

Though fillings are the traditional way to address cavities, ultramodern composite has vastly improved the treatment. Traditional fillings are made of metal, usually silver amalgam. This material can stain your tooth over time. In contrast, composite resin has a natural color, and Dr. Kaffey can match the color of the filling to one that is virtually identical to the color of your smile.

Tooth-colored fillings offer several important health benefits. First, the material will bond with your tooth more securely than metal. Thus, it will better strengthen the weakened outer structure and help to prevent additional future damage. Additionally, composite allows for more conservative treatment, since your dentist will need to remove less dental tissue when preparing your tooth for a filling. Finally, temperature changes can cause a metal filling to expand and contract. Repeated fluctuations can eventually weaken your tooth, increasing your risk for cracks and other damage. Composite, on the other hand, will never change shape or size.

How We Will Place Your Filling

Before placing the restoration, Dr. Kaffey or Dr. Weinstein will isolate and numb your tooth and the surrounding gums. Consequently, you should experience very little sensitivity or discomfort during treatment. Once you are completely comfortable, he will remove any decayed tissue and bacteria. Using gentle and conservative techniques, your dentist will remove as little tissue as possible. Then he will carefully prep your tooth and place the filling itself, applying the composite layer-by-layer. With each layer, he will use a curing light to harden the material. Once he has completely filled in the cavity, your dentist will trim and shape the filling for a perfectly balanced bite. Finally, he will polish the composite, giving it a lifelike sparkle that will blend seamlessly with your smile.

Protect Your Oral Health

If you are experiencing the symptoms of a cavity, or if you are unhappy with the appearance of an old metal filling, call out office at (215) 368-6636 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our staff can outline how you can benefit from our tooth-colored fillings.

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