The most commonly used and conservative restorative dentistry solutions are dental fillings. At California Happy Teeth Family Dentistry, we use tooth-colored, composite resin fillings that offer numerous benefits over traditional amalgam fillings. These restorative materials offer improved tooth repair and they seamlessly improve the appearance of smiles. Contact our Milpitas, CA dental office if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment with our team. We welcome patients from nearby Mountain View and Antioch as well.
Placing Tooth-Colored Fillings
Dr. Sumity Sharma can place tooth-colored fillings in just one appointment, and she can even use the natural looking material to correct cosmetic flaws. The process is very simple. We start by numbing the area around the tooth. Then, we remove any weakened or decayed dental structure. We then apply an etching material to prepare the tooth for the filling. We place the composite resin that has been shaded to blend with your smile directly to the prepared tooth in a putty-like consistency. We shape the resin into position, filling in any chips or cracks. Then, we apply a curing light to the damaged area to harden the filling in place. Dr. Sharma then smooths and polishes the material.
Benefits of Composite Resin Fillings
There are numerous benefits to repairing teeth with composite resin compared to traditional amalgam metal materials. Some of these benefits include:
- Natural looking appearance
- No need to remove healthy tooth structure to accommodate the filling material
- Composite resin expands and contracts at a rate similar to natural tooth structure, unlike amalgam that expands much more and can cause damage
- The composite resin creates a strong, natural bond with the tooth by filling in even the smallest pits and grooves in teeth