At Frank C Raymer DDS, we offer composite fillings as a modern, effective solution to restore decayed teeth and enhance your smile aesthetically. Located in Irvine, our dental practice is dedicated to providing you with the highest quality care using advanced materials and techniques.

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What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. They are used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or wear. Unlike traditional metal fillings, composite fillings blend naturally with your teeth, offering a more discreet treatment option.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

● Aesthetics: The shade of composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, making them virtually invisible.
● Bonding: Composite materials bond directly to the tooth surface, providing support and preventing breakage.
● Versatility: Composites can be used for a variety of cosmetic improvements as well as to fill cavities.
● Tooth-Sparing Preparation: Less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when preparing for the filling.

The Composite Filling Process

1. Consultation: Dr. Raymer will evaluate your specific needs and discuss if composite fillings are the best option for your dental health.
2. Preparation: The tooth is prepared by removing decay and cleaning the affected area.
3. Filling Placement: The composite material is placed in layers, using a light specialized to harden each layer.
4. Shaping and Polishing: After the composite has hardened, it will be shaped to fit your tooth and polished to restore its original appearance and function.

Aftercare for Composite Fillings

Maintaining your composite fillings is straightforward:
● Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.
● Visit Dr. Raymer for regular check-ups and cleanings.
● Avoid biting on hard foods and objects to prevent chipping.
● If you notice any sharp edges or sensitivity in your filling, contact our office immediately.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Don’t let tooth decay compromise your health and confidence. Composite fillings are a safe, attractive option for restoring your teeth. Book an appointment today at Frank C Raymer DDS by calling (949) 551-2606 to learn more about how composite fillings can enhance your smile.

Frequently Asked Questions about Composite Fillings

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are dental restoratives made from a mixture of resin and finely ground glass-like particles. They are used to repair teeth affected by decay, cracks, or fractures, and are matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Why should I choose composite fillings over other types?

Composite fillings are chosen for their aesthetic appeal as they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. They are also preferred because they bond directly to the tooth structure, providing additional support and minimizing the need for extensive tooth removal.

How long do composite fillings last?

With proper care, composite fillings can last between 5 to 10 years, sometimes longer. The lifespan can vary based on the location of the filling and your oral hygiene practices.

Are composite fillings safe?

Yes, composite fillings are safe and effective for repairing cavities and restoring tooth functionality. They are a popular choice among patients looking to maintain a natural tooth appearance.

What is the process for getting a composite filling?

The process typically involves:
1. Numbing the Tooth: Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to ensure comfort during the procedure.
2. Removing Decay: The decayed or affected part of the tooth is removed.
3. Placing the Filling: The composite material is placed in layers, each hardened using a special curing light.
4. Shaping and Polishing: The filling is shaped to match your tooth and polished to achieve a smooth finish.

How do I care for my teeth after getting composite fillings?

To care for your composite fillings, you should:
● Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.
● Avoid chewing hard foods and ice to prevent damage to the filling.
● Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings.

Can composite fillings be repaired if they are damaged?

Yes, composite fillings can be repaired if they become chipped or cracked. Repairs are generally simple and can often be completed in one visit to your dentist.

What should I do if my composite filling falls out?

If your composite filling falls out, keep the area clean and avoid chewing on that side of your mouth. Contact your dentist as soon as possible to have the filling replaced.