Q: What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?
A: A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Q: How is a composite placed?
A: After removing the decay from the tooth (and old filling, if present), Dr. Chetty places the composite paste in layers. After each layer, he uses a light to harden it. When the process is finished, he will shape the composite to fit the tooth and your bite. Dr. Chetty then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear. When he is all done, most of the time it is difficult to see that there is a filling at all!
Q: What is the cost?
A: Prices vary depending on the size and extent of the cavity. Most dental insurance companies cover this service, but check with your insurance for details.
Q: What are the advantages of composites?
A: Aesthetics is the main advantage of composites, since we can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Q: What are the disadvantages?
A: After receiving a composite, a patient may experience postoperative sensitivity. Also, the shade of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods.