Dental Fillings

When it comes to improving y our smile, there are many different options to choose from. Dental fillings are a popular method should one ever need helpful and convenient repair. Keep reading to learn more about composite fillings and what the procedure includes.


What are Composite Fillings?

A composite filling is a filling that is made to match the color of your teeth. They are used to repair teeth that are affected by things like fractures, cracks, and decay. The affected area will be removed and replaced with the composite filling. When it comes to the materials used for the fillings, each situation can mean you need a different kind. It’s a case of discussing things with your dentist before you commit. Composite and amalgam fillings both have advantages, but the former tend to be more popular as they are more aesthetically suited to the likes of front teeth and more visible areas. 


The Benefits of Dental Fillings

We’ve just touched on it, but they look a lot more organic and aesthetically pleasing due to the fact that they match the color of your tooth. It’s also not too much of an invasive procedure as only a little tooth structure needs to be removed. They can be repaired quickly if ever damaged, and they harden in a matter of seconds once bonded together. 


What is the Procedure?

These fillings are typically handled in one sitting. Your tooth is numbed and decay will be removed as necessary. The space is then clean and prepared before the composite filling is placed in the vacant area. If very little work needs to be done, medication will not be necessary. However, if the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, then special medication will be needed to keep you safe and protected. The filling is placed, shaped, and polished. 

You may feel sensitivity when it comes to certain sensations after composite fillings are first placed. This will disappear shortly, though. Your teeth will become accustomed to the new situation. Instructions will be passed to you in terms of the conclusion of the treatment so that you’ll know what to do once you’re away from professional care. 


How Long do Dental Fillings Take?

It all depends on what is specifically being done for you. Some may take longer than others. A quicker procedure can take around twenty minutes, but a more bespoke veneer may take over an hour. 


Contact our Dental Professionals

If you feel as though you’d like to speak with our dentists here at Complete Dental Care about a potential composite filling, then you can contact us through a variety of means!

We have two locations in Kellogg, Idaho and Spokane, Washington. If you are near Kellogg, Idaho you can find us at 418 W. Cameron Ave, Kellogg, ID 83837. You can also reach us by calling (208) 682-4540 or sending an email to [email protected].

If you are closer to our Spokane location, you can visit our office at 707 W. Francis, Suite 100, Spokane, WA 99205. If you need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (509) 328-2539 or email us at [email protected].