Cavities and tooth decay are common dental problems requiring the replacement of the dead parts of the tooth with fillings to prevent further tooth decay. There are many different types of fillings you can get, and many dentists out there who’d love to perform the procedure when it comes to dental fillings. However, finding the best dentist to perform the procedure, especially composite fillings, is critical.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a type of dental filling that replaces tooth decay. Before composite fillings, materials like amalgam (silver), gold, or glass ionomer were used. However, these materials stand out against the pearly white colors of teeth, so dentists developed composite fillings to look more natural when placed on teeth. These contain a composite or a mixture of plastic resin and powdered glass.
Composite Filling Procedure
In most cases, composite fillings can be done in a single visit. Firstly, your dentist will choose a shade of filling matches the color of your tooth by adjusting the amounts of each material. Then, your dentist will give remove the decayed part of your tooth by numbing the tooth and gums. The composite filling is then placed on your tooth layer by layer. Each layer is hardened with a bright light which cures the composite filling material. After the composite filling is applied, your dentist will shape and polish it so that it blends in with your tooth and looks natural when you bite down on it. You may experience some sensitivity to heat and cold after the procedure, but this should go away in a few hours.
What to Look for in Dentists
There are several things you should look for in a dentist to make sure they are the best dentist to do your composite fillings.
- Years of experience of the dentist in practice,
- Dentists who perform “restorative dentistry”.
- Dentists offering multiple types of fillings in addition to composite fillings.
Dental Fillings in Eugene, OR
If you are looking for an experienced dentist in Eugene, look no further than Dr. Ari Binder at 360 Dental. He is a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) and has performed countless successful composite filling procedures.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Ari Binder, give us a call at 541-689-1645, or visit our website and fill out a new patient appointment request.
We care deeply about your dental health and look forward to seeing you in our practice!