Fillings are used to repair cavities in teeth, and getting a filling is one of the most common dental procedures done by dentists. For many years, silver amalgam material was used for fillings. Although this material was quite strong, the silver color was very obvious and, over a period of many years, the silver color would turn very dark, making it even more unattractive. Over the past few years, however, more and more dentists have begun to provide their patients with composite fillings. Dr. Sawyer is pleased to provide his patients from throughout the Kingsland, TX area with this alternative to the older-style amalgam material.
Three Great Reasons to Visit Central Texas Family Dentistry for Composite Fillings:
- Composite fillings are durable enough to last for many years
- Unlike the old-style silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings look just like your natural teeth
- Dr. Sawyer and his trained staff of dental professionals have many years of experience in fitting patients with composite fillings
What You Should Know about Composite Fillings
Composite fillings have one thing in common with silver amalgam fillings: the material is extremely durable. In fact, most composite fillings will last for many years, although they may eventually have to be replaced after years of normal wear and tear. The color won’t fade or change over time, which is an advantage over silver amalgam. While the color won’t change, it is important to remember that the shade of composite fillings – as is the case with most other dental work – cannot be altered by tooth-whitening agents.
Composite fillings can be used for a variety of dental conditions, including any of the following:
- Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
- Narrowing wide gaps between teeth
- Teeth that are decayed
- Worn down teeth
The Procedure Involved in Composite Fillings
Getting a new composite filling involves a procedure that is very similar to getting a silver amalgam filling and can usually be done in a single visit to our Kingsland, TX office. The first step involves Dr. Sawyer preparing the affected tooth by removing any decay that may be present. After that, he will completely clean the tooth, and finally apply the composite filling material.
Contact Central Texas Family Dentistry Today
If you or a member of your family needs a composite filling, or for more information, contact our office today. We are proud to serve patients from throughout the Kingsland, TX area.