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What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored resin comprised of a mixture of plastic and glass. They are often considered by patients as the “best types of filling” because they are nearly invisible. However, the best filling is no filling: Preventing tooth decay is the best way to ensure a healthy mouth. Yet cavities, along with periodontal disease, are one of the most frequently experienced dental issues today. In the event that you do find yourself in need of a filling, we are the gentle dental office that offers you options.

5 Reasons to Consider Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a widely-utilized alternative to traditional amalgam fillings, and are a preferred option for many reasons. Many patients prefer composite fillings for the following reasons.

Remedy for Other Dental Issues

Composite is just used only to fill cavities; the material is suitable for use in myriad restorative situations. For example, this material can be utilized to patch gaps between teeth. Emergency dentists often employ composite resin in fixing cracked or broken teeth as well.


Composite fillings are virtually invisible, as they are tooth-colored and do not distract from your beautiful smile!


As many silver amalgam fillings contain mercury, composite is a better choice when considering physical and environmental health.


No more tooth shaking pain from contact with tin foil or other metals! Unlike silver fillings, the materials that make up the composite do not react to contact with foil in a way that causes discomfort.


Amalgam fillings and composite fillings have comparable shelf lives when cared for properly.

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What Can I Expect When I Come In For a Filling?

The composite filling procedure is less invasive than that of the traditional amalgam filling, requiring less drilling than you may have previously experienced.

Filling a cavity is often a very simple process, and does not require an oral surgeon. Many dentists and dentists working with anxious patients may elect to administer "laughing gas" or nitrous oxide in order to calm the patient.

First, we clean and prepare the tooth, drilling out any decay. When the tooth is ready, we apply an acid etching solvent, which removed the enamel from the section of tooth that has been affected by decay. Next, a bonding agent is applied and is exposed to a curing for at least 10 seconds. This establishes what is referred to as a micromechanical bond between the agent and the tooth.

Finally, we apply the composite. This also bonds with the tooth and the bonding agent. Once it has dried, we sand down any rough edges.

Contact your favorite Gainesville dentist for more information on composite fillings or to make an appointment.

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