Composite Fillings Q & A

What are composite fillings?

A composite filling is a tooth-colored filling made from a glass and plastic mixture that’s designed to blend in with your child’s natural teeth. The filling performs the traditional function of restoring decayed or damaged teeth, while also improving your child’s smile by changing the color of the tooth or reshaping a disfigured tooth.

How does the dentist place a composite filling?

The process for a composite filling is the same as a traditional filling. During the procedure, the dentist:

  • Numbs the area around the tooth that needs the treatment

  • Cleans and prepares your child’s tooth

  • Removes any decay

  • Places the composite onto your child’s tooth

  • Using a special light to harden the composite, helps it to bond to your child’s tooth

Once the composite has hardened, the dentist files and buffs the filling to smooth the edges and to make sure your child’s upper and lower teeth come together properly.

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

Many patients prefer composite fillings because of their natural appearance. The color of the filling is customizable, allowing the dentist to color match your child’s teeth. Composite fillings also bond securely to the tooth, which provides extra support while reducing the risk of losing the filling.

How can my child avoid fillings?

There are several things you can do to prevent tooth decay and avoid fillings, such as:

  • Ensure dental hygiene by having your child brush twice daily and floss once

  • Avoid providing sugary snacks throughout the day

  • See the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning

To learn more about composite fillings, call Upper East Pediatric Dentistry or book an appointment online.