Composite Fillings in Henderson, NV

Repair Your Smile with Natural-Looking Fillings

Composite dental fillings have revolutionized the way we restore teeth. These fillings are a mixture of resin and other materials, resulting in a natural-looking restoration that blends seamlessly with teeth. 

Dr. Leeor Dadon-Harris and her dedicated team at Green Valley Dental Center bring a wealth of expertise and compassion to every patient, ensuring a seamless experience. Learn more about this personalized dental treatment from one of the best dentists in Henderson, NV.

What Are Composite Fillings?

dentist color matching patient's teethComposite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, are a type of dental restoration used to treat decayed or damaged teeth. Unlike traditional amalgam (silver) fillings, composite fillings are synthetic resins and other materials. This composition allows the filling material to mimic the color and texture of natural teeth. Dr. Dadon-Harris ensures your personalized dental fillings provide a functional restoration and aesthetic appeal.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings offer a range of benefits that contribute to their popularity:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Composite fillings seamlessly blend with the natural color of your teeth, creating a harmonious smile.
  • Preservation: These fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure than amalgam fillings, preserving the tooth’s strength.
  • Versatility: Composite fillings can be used for both front and back teeth, addressing various degrees of decay and damage.
  • Bonding Strength: The composite material bonds directly to the tooth, providing added support and stability to the tooth structure.

Candidacy for Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a versatile option suitable for a wide range of patients, including:

  • Patients of All Ages: Both children and adults can benefit from composite fillings.
  • Those Concerned About Appearance: If you prefer a restoration that closely matches your natural tooth color, composite fillings are an excellent choice.
  • Patients with Small to Moderate Cavities: Composite fillings are effective for treating minor to moderate decay and damage.

How Do Composite Fillings Work?

teeth being examined with dental mirrorPreparation

Before the composite filling procedure begins, your Henderson dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth, as well as your preference for dental sedation. This ensures that you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Dr. Dadon-Harris will then remove any decayed or damaged portions of the tooth, leaving behind a clean and prepared area.

Bonding Agent Application

To ensure a strong bond between the composite material and your tooth, Dr. Dadon-Harris will apply a bonding agent to the prepared tooth surface. This adhesive layer helps the composite filling adhere securely to the tooth structure.

Layered Application

The composite filling material is applied in layers. Each layer is carefully placed and shaped to match the contours of your natural tooth. Your dentist uses a special light to cure or harden each layer before applying the next one. This incremental layering process allows for precise shaping and helps achieve optimal aesthetics and function.

Color Matching

One of the significant advantages of composite fillings is their ability to closely match the color of your natural teeth. Dr. Dadon-Harris takes into account factors such as tooth shade and translucency to ensure that the filling seamlessly blends with the rest of your smile.

Shaping and Polishing

Once all the layers have been applied and cured, your dentist will shape the composite material to achieve the desired final contour. This step involves removing excess material and refining the shape for proper bite alignment. Finally, the composite filling is polished to create a smooth surface that mimics the sheen of natural teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental insurance coverage can vary widely depending on the specific insurance plan you have. In many cases, dental insurance will cover a portion of the cost of dental fillings, including composite fillings. Check with your dental insurance provider to understand your coverage and any potential out-of-pocket expenses.

The process of getting a composite dental filling isn’t painful. Before the procedure, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain during the treatment. While you may feel some pressure or vibrations as the dentist works, you should not experience any discomfort.

Yes, composite dental fillings are safe. As with any dental procedure, it’s best to have the treatment performed by a qualified and experienced dentist to ensure optimal results and safety.

Composite dental fillings are not responsive to traditional teeth whitening methods like natural teeth are. The material used in composite fillings does not lighten or change color when exposed to whitening agents. If you have composite fillings and are interested in teeth whitening, discuss your options with your dentist. 

Discover How Dental Fillings Can Restore Your Confidence

Composite fillings can help treat teeth affected by cavities and protect them from further damage. When you’re ready to restore your tooth’s appearance and function, contact our Henderson office at (702) 896-8933 to schedule an appointment. 

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