Understanding the Procedure for Getting a Composite Filling

Getting a composite filling involves a simple, and usually quick dental procedure. 

If you have ever had a cavity, there are several types of material that dentists use for fillings, including composite. In recent years, composite fillings have become preferable to amalgam, gold and silver.  

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Why do people need fillings?

Dentists use fillings primarily to repair teeth with cavities. Dr. Frahm may also use composite material to repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. Composite fillings support the structural integrity of your tooth by preventing further tooth decay.

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are made of a mixture of liquid acrylic resin reinforced with finely ground ceramic. Composite is a non-toxic material that naturally bonds to your tooth structure. This means composite fillings are powerfully strong, very durable, and highly resistant to breaking and fracturing.

Composite fillings are appealing to patients because composite can be closely matched to the natural color of your existing teeth. This makes composite fillings more aesthetically pleasing because it closely resembles your natural tooth enamel. This is what also makes them well-suited for use in front teeth and other visitable teeth. 

What is the procedure for getting a composite filling?

The process for getting a composite filling is straightforward and can usually be completed in one dental visit. Here’s how it works:

  1. Dr. Frahm starts by selecting the shade of composite to use in your filling. 
  2. You’ll then get a shot of local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding area. Chances are you’ve had this procedure in the past, so you know it’s a quick pinch that starts to work quickly. You’ll remain awake during the procedure, unless you’d prefer to sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed.
  3. Next, Dr. Frahm works to remove the decayed part of your tooth before cleaning and drying the area. This usually takes just a few minutes. 
  4. From there, Dr. Frahm will etch and bond your tooth. This ensures that your tooth can better absorb and lock in the bonding resin to your tooth’s enamel and dentin surface.
  5. Then, the custom-matched composite material is layered into the area where your cavity once was. Between each layer, a special light is used to cure and set the filling. 
  6. This is the stage at which the artistry begins. In placing the composite, Dr. Frahm fully shapes and contours your new filling before polishing it to a lustrous shine.  
  7. Finally, you’ll be asked to bite down to make sure your teeth are correctly aligned. Dr. Frahm will make adjustments as needed. 

If you are looking for a beautiful, radiant smile, or are looking to replace old amalgam or metal fillings, we’re here for you. Dr. Frahm will discuss your options with you, and our holistic approach to dental care always keeps your long-term wellness in mind. Contact Dr. Frahm today at 831-372-8011. Our office is conveniently located at 660 Camino Aguajito #201 in Monterey, CA 93940. 

About Dr. Frahm

Dr. Frahm received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry in 2003. She completes more than 100 hours of postdoctoral training each year; earning recognition from dental experts around the country for her knowledge in the areas of cosmetic, general and restorative dentistry. Dr. Frahm is committed to providing you with excellent, comprehensive dental care. Dr. Frahm uses advanced dental techniques and technology to ensure your comfort and lasting results.

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