Composite Fillings in Sandy, UT
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth. Composites can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a disfigured tooth.
How is a composite filling placed?
Composite fillings are placed much like a traditional filling. The tooth is first numbed to ensure complete comfort throughout the procedure. The composite is then applied in layers, using a light designed to harden the material after each application. After the layers of composite have been applied, the composite is then shaped to fit the tooth. The composite is then polished to prevent staining and early wear.
What are the advantages of composites?
Traditional composites are done using metals like silver or gold which are easily visible in the mouth. Composite fillings are more discrete since they more closely match the color of the tooth. This is especially important when front teeth are being restored. Unlike metal fillings, the composite material actually chemically bonds to the tooth structure, which provides further support to the tooth. And composites have increased versatility as they can be used not only as a filling for decay but also to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
Dr. Thomas R. Dickson and Dr. Lester W. Cannon, general dentists in Midvale, Utah, treat patients from Midvale, UT; Millcreek, UT; and Sandy, UT as well as the surrounding areas. Dr. Dickson and Dr. Cannon provide advanced dental treatments including the LANAP Laser Treatment for gum disease, dental implants, All-on-4, root canals, sedation, and orthodontics. Call (801) 784-1999 to schedule your appointment or click here to request an appointment online.
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