Dental Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.
The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and then is filled with a composite filling.
The success of composite fillings solely counts on the ability to keep the tooth isolated during the placement of the composite.
Years of experience replacing composite tooth fillings
The steps we use will ensure the integrity of our composite restorations for many decades to come.
Composites are being used to hold the walls of the tooth together to prevent further damage and prevent the need for future crown work.
Dr. Violette offers many dental filling material options
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
How long does it take for a composite filling?
When we schedule appointments for our patients, they are never double booked, and we take a lot of time preparing for the appointment before the patient even gets there.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment that typically lasts 45-90 minutes. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Violette will remove decay as necessary.
How are composite tooth fillings placed?
The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.
The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Does my health insurance cover composite fillings?
Insurance companies do not cover all the expenses associated with this necessary filling.
What most insurance companies do, is pay a portion of the cost. This is called an "amalgam allowance."
The insurance company will pay for what they would of a silver or amalgam filling. They apply this to the cost of a white filling or a composite.
Most insurance companies are realizing the benefit of composites being placed on the biting surface, and are paying more of the cost.