Composite Fillings in Hayward, CA
If you have a cavity, the standard treatment is a dental filling. For years the standard for fillings was silver amalgam or costly gold, but scientific advances have given us another option: composite fillings.
If your tooth has decay, chips and cracks, or gaps between the teeth, a tooth-colored composite filling can be used to repair the damage almost invisibly.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are made using a mixture of resin and filler materials, with colorant added to match your natural tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings, which are held in place mechanically, the composite bonds directly to the tooth. Composites leave more of your natural tooth in place and help minimize future problems such as cracks from the pressure of biting and chewing.
The composite filling looks and functions much like real teeth, giving a more natural appearance, especially for fillings on front teeth. They are long-lasting and stain-resistant, and our dental office in Hayward, CA can use composite fillings to correct cosmetic issues such as chips and gaps in your teeth (a process known as dental bonding) as well as for filling cavities and repairing cracks.
What Is the Process for Placing Composite Fillings?
Our Hayward, CA dentists Drs. Tran and Villas will numb the area and then prepare the tooth for the filling. Any decay will be removed, and the remaining tooth surfaces will be lightly etched to encourage a stronger bond. The composite is custom mixed to match your natural teeth. The dentist will apply the composite to the tooth in layers, curing each layer with a special UV light.
Once the composite is complete and cured, we will check to ensure a proper bite. Adjustments can be made if necessary, then the dentist will polish and clean the area. Once the filling is in place it blends almost seamlessly with your real tooth and is virtually unnoticeable.
For larger fillings, Drs. Tran and Villas may decide to use a semi-direct or indirect composite filling. Semi-direct fillings are built up inside the tooth and then removed for curing. Indirect fillings are manufactured and cured outside of the mouth. Both techniques give a stronger cure, which creates a sturdier filling.
Does My Insurance Cover Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are more expensive than silver amalgam but offer a better aesthetic and leave more natural tooth in place, creating a stronger structure. Most insurance companies will cover up to the cost of a similar amalgam filling. Your insurance may cover composite fillings for more visible front teeth. Highland Dental of Hayward will be happy to review your insurance coverage and go over financial options with you.
Improve Your Smile With Composite Fillings! Call Us Today!
If you are interested in composite fillings or have questions or concerns, the friendly staff at our dental office in Hayward, CA is happy to help. Call us now to schedule an appointment and keep your teeth healthy, happy, and beautiful!