A filling is a used to restore the structure, strength and function of a tooth that has been compromised due to trauma or tooth decay. At the office of Greenwich Smiles, we provide composite fillings which are made to match the natural shade of your teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings are also known as composite or white fillings and have a number of advantages in comparison to their amalgam-based counterparts. Amalgam fillings not only compromise the look of your smile but also weaken the tooth structure due to the way they are designed. The edges of mercury fillings can wear down or become weak and can cause further decay. These fillings are also prone to corrosion and leakage, which could stain the teeth and gums. Due to their metallic nature, they can contract and expand with temperature changes in the mouth and eventually split.
Tooth-colored or composite fillings, on the other hand, are made using resin material which is bonded to the teeth to create a well-fitted, natural-looking filling that adds to the strength of the tooth.
The process of installing a composite filling is typically conducted under the effects of a local anesthetic. The tooth is cleaned and prepared by cleaning of existing decay and removing existing restorations. Once the tooth is clean, composite material matching the shade of the tooth is placed in the damaged area and carefully shaped to replicate the tooth structure. Once the process is complete, we check your bite and make any adjustments necessary to ensure that you feel comfortable.