Composite Bondings and Filings

So you need a filling….

A cavity (caused by a disease called caries) happens when bacteria in the mouth produces acid that attacks your teeth. In time, this acid can dissolve away the enamel on your teeth and cause a hole, which is known as a cavity. Unlike some other diseases or injuries, a cavity will not heal by itself, but if the early signs of dental decay are promptly treated before a cavity forms, it can be stopped even reversed by your dentist and your home care.

Follow these basic steps to prevent dental disease:

  • Brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste or one that contains a product such as NovaMin®
  • Floss or use an interdental cleaner once a day
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Limit eating and drinking between meals and give preference to nutritious foods for snacks
  • Visit your dentist regularly

Composite (Resin)

Composite is a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass-like particles that produce a tooth colored filling. Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers; this type of material may be self-hardening or may be hardened by exposure to blue light. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth and polish to prevent staining and early wear.

Benefits:

  • Color and shading can be matched to the existing tooth
  • Composite is a strong material providing good durability in restorations that need to withstand chewing pressure
  • Fillings are completed in a single visit
  • Permits preservation of as much of the tooth as possible
  • New decay is easier to find

At Riverstone Dental we take pride to ensure all our dental products and tools are safe and approved by the CDA. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask any member of our dental team.