Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
Dental fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth that have been affected by decay. At Alameda Pediatric Dentistry, our dentists use a tooth-colored blend of quartz and resin material known as composite to fill in damaged spots on the surface of the tooth after we have removed any decay. Composite is a strong material that nearly mimics enamel in strength and appearance, helping the repair be hidden in your child’s mouth.
What are Tooth Fillings?
In general, all dental fillings (both amalgam and composite), are ideal for small dental restorations, not for large restorations. If a child has a larger amount of decay or fracture of the tooth, we will recommend a more durable option such as a full or partial dental crown.
Amalgam vs. Composite Materials
In general, dentists use one of two material to fill cavities in teeth: amalgam or composite.
How we use Composite Material
Composite fillings are used to make repairs to the enamel, or outer layer, of the tooth. This means that we can:
Placing the Tooth Colored Filling
Before placing the composite material, we ensure that the tooth is clean and cleared of decay-causing bacteria. This step is very important, as we do not want bacteria to continue to cause damage beneath the filling.
With the decay removed, we are then able to fill the space with the putty-like material. The composite material is shaped, hardened with a blue light, and polished. The result is a material that so closely resembles your tooth; most people will never know it’s there.
Does Your Child Need a Filling?
If your child's tooth is sensitive for a week or more it is important to call our Alameda at Alameda (510) 521-5437/Oakland (510) 763-5437 so we can examine the tooth and determine if additional treatment is needed.