Repair Tooth Damage & Decay with the Help of Our Burien, WA Dentist
At New Wave Dental Smiles, our West Seattle & Burien, WA dentist, Dr. Bajwa, offers all the dentistry services your family needs to keep your smiles healthy and beautiful! As a part of our restorative dentistry services, we’re very pleased to offer composite fillings to restore the function and structure of teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma.
What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, broken, or decayed. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed by our Burien dentist and then filled with a white, tooth-colored composite filing. It typically takes Dr. Bajwa longer to use a composite material to fill a tooth because the tooth’s surface must remain dry for proper adhesion.
These fillings, which are made from a resin-based material, are made to match the shade of your surrounding teeth, to make them virtually invisible. Unlike amalgam (silver) fillings, composite fillings look completely natural, giving you more confidence when talking, smiling, and laughing around others.
When you visit our West Seattle dentistry office for a composite filling, you can enjoy the following benefits:
- The filling will be carefully matched to the color of the surrounding teeth for a very natural look
- The composite material contains no mercury or other metals
- Requires very little of the tooth structure to be removed for greater tooth stability
- Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings do not contract or expand when exposed hot or cold temperatures to protect the filled tooth from fracture
What to Expect When Getting a Composite Filling
Our Burien dentist can usually place a composite filling in just one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Bajwa will remove any decay that’s present. The tooth will then be cleaned thoroughly and carefully prepared for the filling. Then Dr. Bajwa will precisely place, shape, and polish the filling to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
It’s normal to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold when your composite filling is first placed. However, this will subside quickly once your tooth gets used to the new filling.
You can maintain the beautiful white color of your composite filling by simply practicing good oral hygiene and avoiding foods that can stain the composite material like coffee, tea, dark-colored sodas, beets, and tomato-based sauces. With proper care, your newly filled tooth can last for many years.
Contact New Wave Dental Smiles
If you have a tooth that’s damaged or decayed, we urge you to request an appointment with us right away before that tooth causes pain or becomes so damaged it needs to be extracted. During your visit, Dr. Bajwa will help you choose which type of filling is best for you. We can even replace your old metal fillings with more natural looking composite fillings if you’d like! We look forward to seeing you in our Burien, WA dentistry office soon!