Composite fillings are just one of the many top-of-the-line cosmetic dentistry services Dr. Valentina Obradovic offers at Adriatic Dental. Although composite fillings can be used to restore function as well as appearance, many patients ultimately choose this type of cosmetic dentistry procedure for aesthetic reasons. Traditional fillings are much more conspicuous than composites because they are constructed from metals like silver and gold. The metal fillings can become visible when a person laughs or smiles. Fortunately for cosmetic dentistry patients in San Marcos, advances in dental techniques and the utilization of new materials has greatly expanded the services available in cosmetic dentistry.
Advantages of Composite Fillings in Cosmetic Dentistry
Composite fillings offer the advantage of discretion as well as versatility. Unlike traditional metal fillings with their telltale silvery glint, composites are fashioned from a glass and plastic mixture that allows them to blend in seamlessly with the tooth. This chameleon-like quality makes composites an obvious choice when it comes to restoring the front teeth.
Traditional fillings are still frequently used, particularly when patients need tooth restoration in the back of the mouth. Fillings placed in the back of the mouth must be extremely robust to handle the increased bite pressure in this region. This is not to say that composite fillings cannot be used in the back of the mouth; they are also extremely strong, so Dr. Obradovic can use them for both functional and cosmetic dentistry purposes. That being said, metal fillings are still favored for the back of the mouth because they are less costly than composites. Most patients elect to invest in that money in the front fillings where they are more inclined to stand out.
Placing Composite Fillings
The process for placing composite fillings is very similar to traditional fillings. After Dr. Obradovic numbs the tooth and surrounding area to minimize any discomfort during the procedure, she will proceed to do the following:
1. Apply the composite in layers, using a light after each application to expedite hardening.
2. Shape the composite to fit each tooth.
3. Polish the composite to prevent early wear and staining.
If you would like to learn more about composite fillings and other treatment options in cosmetic dentistry, the San Marcos office is just a phone call away!