Composite Dental Fillings
Dental composite fillings are used to rebuild damaged teeth. We often associate this procedure with cavities, but it can also be used to repair chipped, cracked, or broken teeth.
What are composite fillings?
Using a composite material comprised of quartz mixed with resin we are able to color it to match the same color as your teeth making them nearly undetectable. You may be asking yourself about the strength of this product, traditionally amalgam or silver fillings were the more durable product, but the composite material used today is equally strong and even recommended for back molar teeth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth surface, amalgam do not, so we are able to remove only the damaged portion of the tooth. Dr. Matz will let you know if you are a good candidate for a composite filling, amalgam is used in rare instances if he determines that composite would not have a good, lasting, prognosis.
How are Composite Fillings adhered?
After the damaged portion is removed, Dr. Matz places the composite in layers. He will harden each layer as he rebuilds the tooth. When the process is complete, Dr. Matz will shape the composite to fit comfortably in your mouth with your bite. He will then polish the composite to help prevent staining.
For more information on composite fillings and how we can help you at Arbor View Dental, contact our Portland office
at: (503) 253-9418