Because of their natural appearance, composite resin fillings have become the favorite of dentists worldwide. Composite fillings have also proven to provide several benefits that their predecessor, amalgam fillings, could not. First, composite resin fillings are mercury-free, more durable, and are not sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Patients in the Oroville, California area visit Dr. Daniel Appel at Oroville Dentistry when they need a composite resin filling.
The material that comprises a composite resin filling is either a combination of glass and resin or hard quartz. Combining these dental filling materials makes it a durable and natural appearing filling material. Composite fillings are safe and mercury-free, unlike metal amalgam filling. A composite resin filling can be completed within a single, hour-long appointment in almost every case. From the patient’s perspective, receiving a composite filling is quite similar to any other filling they may have received in the past.
When receiving a composite resin filling, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decay and making sure the tooth is clean. The composite resin used as the filling is made in your dentist’s office. The customizable nature of composite resin is one reason it has become so popular. Your dentist will be able to adjust the shade of the composite resin to match the shade of your tooth. Once the composite resin is ready to use, it will be bonded to the tooth in the area where the decay was removed, effectively filling the hole where the decay was present. Your dentist’s final step to complete the composite filling is to use a special light to set or cure the composite resin material. This step creates the bond between your tooth and the resin, making it strong and durable.
Before you know it, you will be in and out of your dentist’s office with your brand new composite resin filling that, when properly cared for, should last you for years. If you are interested in learning more about composite resin fillings offered by Dr. Daniel Appel, please call (530) 783-7545 today to schedule an appointment.