Dental fillings play a crucial role in repairing teeth from minor damage, such as cavities. Our strong fillings are designed to not only strengthen and protect a tooth, but also blend beautifully with the surrounding teeth. If you need a dental filling, we encourage you to utilize our effective services at Loftus Family Dental. We are eager to help you achieve optimal dental health; schedule your next appointment with our friendly dentists today!
A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings.
The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile!
Composite – Tooth Colored Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Composite fillings are widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. These fillings are bonded directly to your teeth and provide a very durable, more natural-looking restoration. Because the fillings are bonded to your teeth, our dentists can be very conservative in the amount of tooth structure that is removed when cleaning the cavity. Our highly-skilled dentists are experts at matching the color of the filling to your existing tooth structure. It allows you to preserve your beautiful, natural smile!
If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Composite Fillings – Post-OP Instructions
Information to Be Aware Of
- As with natural teeth, avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the filled teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, etc.) because the resin material can break under extreme forces.
- Composite fillings set up hard right away. There is no waiting time to eat after the anesthetic wears off.
- Children should be observed until the anesthetic wears off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children will chew the inside of their lips, cheeks, or tongue which can cause serious damage.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold is common for a few weeks following a dental restoration. Usually, the deeper the cavity, the more sensitive the tooth will be. If you feel the bite is not correctly balanced, please call to schedule appointment for a simple adjustment.
- The gum tissue could have been irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days together with the anesthetic injection site.
- The finished restoration may be shaped slightly different and have a different texture then the original tooth. Your tongue usually magnifies this small difference, but you will become accustomed to this in a few days.
Regular Dental Care
Proper brushing, flossing, and regular 6 month (minimal) cleanings are essential to the long-term stability and appearance of your restorations.
BPA Free Composite Fillings
Much uproar has surfaced about BPA or Bisphenol A, or bis-GMA, or BPA derivatives, contained in plastics and in dental materials.
Baby bottles and other plastic bottles are notorious for containing the synthetic harmful substance that has been known to cause problems in the body (i.e.-certain reproductive cancers). More specifically, BPA looks a lot like the hormone estrogen and can confuse the organs that produce or respond to the hormone.
In a time where we have recognized and moved beyond silver fillings due to their mercury content, white fillings are not without risk. BPA is commonly used in most white (or composite) fillings.
In studies done approximately 10 years ago showed that BPA can be found in the saliva after 10 minutes of placing the filling.
Our team is very aware of this issue.
We offer BPA, bis-GMA, and BPA derivatives free, white filling material products. We have done our best to select dental composite fillings and dental sealants that don’t include bisphenol-A nor contain compounds that make bisphenol-A.
Activa bioactive restorative resin is an ionic restorative resin that stimulates mineral apatite formation and the natural remineralization process by releasing and recharging calcium, phosphate, and fluoride. The patented material contains a bioactive resin matrix, a shock-absorbing rubberized resin component, and bioactive glass fillers that deliver esthetics, strength, durability, and resistance to fracture and chipping. Activa replaces glass ionomers and resin-modified glass ionomers by providing the physical properties of composites and the chemical advantages of glass ionomers.
Activa bioactive restorative resin is a “smart” material that plays a dynamic role in the mouth. It responds to pH changes with the release and recharge of protective ions that help to build strong, healthy teeth naturally. Activa releases and recharges significant calcium, phosphate, and fluoride, and it stimulates apatite formation at the interface between the material and the tooth, sealing margins against microleakage and failure. The strength of Activa is reinforced with a rubberized resin molecule that absorbs stress and resists chipping and fracture.
Activa bioactive restorative resin is a two-part, light- and self-cure material. It eliminates safety concerns for children and does not contain bisphenol A (BPA), bisphenol A glycidyl methacrylate (bis-GMA), BPA derivatives, or mercury.