327 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

327 Riverside Ave Westport, CT 06880

(203) 227-3421

We Provide Expert Composite Fillings in Westport, CT

If your teeth are damaged due to decay or chipping, composite fillings can help address this issue. These are tooth-colored fillings that blend in seamlessly with your natural teeth, giving you a more aesthetic result compared to traditional metal fillings.

Esthetic Dental Group of Westport offers expert composite fillings to patients in Westport, CT and the surrounding areas. We use high-quality composite materials that are strong and long-lasting so that your fillings will not only look great but also provide the necessary support for your damaged teeth.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite resin fillings are a dental restorative material that repairs decayed, chipped, or fractured teeth while maintaining an appearance similar to natural tooth enamel. They consist of a mixture of plastic (acrylic resin) and finely ground glass-like particles, providing durability and wear resistance. One major benefit of composite fillings is that they can closely match the color of existing teeth.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

  • Aesthetic Appeal. Composite fillings can resemble the color of a patient’s existing teeth, making them much less noticeable than other types of fillings like amalgam (silver) fillings. This is particularly beneficial for fillings in the front teeth or other visible areas, ensuring a natural-looking smile.
  • Bonding to Tooth Structure. Composite material bonds to the tooth structure, providing additional support. This bonding prevents breakage and insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes. It also allows for a more conservative repair, meaning more of the tooth’s healthy part can be preserved than amalgam fillings that require more extensive tooth preparation.
  • Versatility. Composite fillings can also repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth. Their ability to be molded and shaped makes them suitable for correcting various dental issues and enhancing a patient’s dental aesthetics and function.
  • Minimally Invasive. Since composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, less tooth structure is removed to hold the filling in place, unlike amalgam fillings. This minimally invasive approach maintains more of the natural tooth, which is always beneficial for long-term dental health.
  • Mercury-Free. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite materials do not contain mercury. Some patients and practitioners avoid amalgam fillings because of concerns about mercury exposure, although the levels emitted by amalgam are typically very low. The absence of mercury makes composite fillings a well-known choice for patients wanting a more sustainable and less controversial material.

The Process of Getting Composite Fillings

  • Examination and Diagnosis. The first step is a thorough examination by our dentist using visual inspection and X-rays to figure out the extent of the decay or damage. Our dentist will discuss treatment options based on the severity and location of the decay.
  • Local Anesthesia. We usually administer local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth or teeth to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  • Removing Decay. Once the area is numb, the dentist will use a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. The choice of instrument depends on the dentist’s preference and the extent of decay.
  • Tooth Preparation. After the dentist removes the decay, they prepare the area for the filling by removing the cavity of bacteria and tiny debris. If the decay is near the root, they may place a glass ionomer, composite resin, or another liner material to protect the nerve.
  • Filling Placement. Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will fill the cavity with the composite filling material. 
  • Polishing and Adjustment. Next, our dentist will finish and polish the tooth. They may ask the patient to bite down to check the alignment and make necessary adjustments to ensure the filling does not affect normal bite and chewing.
  • Post-Procedure Care. The dentist will provide instructions on how to care for the filling, including recommendations on eating and cleaning practices after the procedure. Sensitivity to temperature and pressure may occur but usually subsides within a few weeks.

Get Your Composite Fillings Only From the Expert: Call  Esthetic Dental Group of Westport Now!

Don’t wait to improve your smile and enhance your dental health! Contact Esthetic Dental Group of Westport today if you want to experience quality composite fillings and top-notch care from our dedicated team of dental experts. 

Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation!

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