When your tooth has a cavity or is cracked or broken, Dr. Nitya Balan may recommend a composite dental filling in Cedar Park, Texas. A composite filling, or a tooth-colored filling, is used to fill an area in a tooth where a cavity is removed. Composites are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth or teeth that have been worn down.
Composite fillings are more aesthetic than other filling types, as they can be closely matched to the shade of your natural teeth. Composites are chemically bonded to your tooth structure, which adds extra support. In many cases, less tooth preparation is required with tooth-colored fillings than with other filling materials.
When filling a tooth, our dentists will first use a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decayed area of the tooth. The area will be tested to ensure that all of the decay has been removed. The space will be cleaned of bacteria and debris. Composite fillings are applied in layers after a shade is selected that matches your smile. A curing light hardens each layer as it is applied. Once all of the layers are in place, our dentists will shape the material, trim off any excess, and polish the result.
Feel free to contact Discovery Park Dental to learn more and to schedule your next visit.