The Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
May 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about why dental fillings are necessary and how they could benefit your smile.

Discovering you have a cavity is certainly no picnic; however, our Milford, CT, family dentist, Dr. Bruce Schechter, has just the right solution tooth colored fillingsfor improving the health and appearance of a tooth after a cavity. In fact, no one will even know that you have had dental work after we’ve treated your cavity. Find out how a composite dental filling could boost your oral health.

What is a composite dental filling?

A dental filling is used to fill a tooth after a cavity to restore its appearance as well as its strength and functionality. A composite filling refers to the type of material we use known as composite resin. Composite resin is designed to look similar to tooth enamel so that it blends in naturally with the surface of the tooth when it’s applied. This ensures that when you smile no one will even notice that you have a filling.

What are the benefits of getting a composite dental filling in Milford, CT?

The most obvious benefit to getting a composite dental filling is that you will restore a tooth that was once damaged by decay. Untreated tooth decay can wreak havoc on the health of a tooth, so making sure you visit your Milford dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams will ensure that if there is decay present that it is caught and treated early.

Furthermore, a composite filling won’t just fill holes in your teeth to improve its strength and function, it will also improve its appearance. As you can imagine, having holes left over from where decay once was can be unsightly. By using a tooth-colored material that also can be matched to the shade of your tooth we can ensure that the filling blends right in with the rest of your tooth so you won’t even be able to tell.

Thirdly, composite fillings require a more conservative approach to prepping the tooth than if you were to get a metal filling. Metal fillings often require that we not only remove the cavity but also some of the healthy tooth enamel surrounding it as well in order to make room for the metal filling; however, since composite resin actually bonds directly to the surface of the tooth this means that we won’t have to remove healthy tooth enamel in order to accommodate the tooth-colored filling.

Do you have questions about getting a dental filling? Do you need to schedule your six-month checkup to make sure you are cavity-free in Milford, CT? If so, then don’t hesitate to call our office. We would be happy to work with your busy schedule to book your next appointment.