Composite Fillings in Henderson, NV
Restore and Protect Your Teeth
If you have one or more cavities or decayed teeth, composite fillings may be the ideal solution for you. They can help restore the function and appearance of your smile so you can get back to life as normal.
At Green Valley Dental Center, we’re proud to offer this durable and natural-looking solution to damaged teeth. Not only do filling restorations give you back your beautiful smile, but they also restore your healthy smile. Learn more about this effective restorative treatment by reading our helpful guide below.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Also known as dental fillings, composite fillings are used to repair minor tooth damage that may result from small fracturing, chipping, or cavities. Our tooth-colored dental fillings can restore your tooth to its original form in just one visit to our Henderson dental office.
For years, silver fillings have been considered the only solution to fill spaces left by cavities. This material wears down quickly over time, and may even stain the tooth’s enamel and gums. Dr. Dadon-Harris will ensure your composite fillings match the exact color of your natural tooth for a long-lasting, durable, and seamless restoration.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings have advantages that silver fillings can’t match. Tooth-colored fillings are the superior restoration option because they are:
- Mercury-Free: Fillings with mercury can leak over time and may lead to the staining of your teeth and gums. Composite fillings are made using a tooth-colored resin, a material that doesn’t leave stains.
- Long-Lasting: Unlike silver fillings, composite fillings won’t wear down over time. With proper care, these fillings can last 10 to 12 years before needing to be replaced.
- Natural-Looking: As the name implies, tooth-colored fillings are customized to match the exact shade of your tooth for a beautiful and complete smile.
- Tooth-Preserving: Composite fillings don’t require as much of your natural tooth removed, unlike silver fillings. This maintains the natural strength and structure of the tooth.
When Are Fillings Necessary?
If you suspect you need a filling, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment at Green Valley Dental Center to prevent cavities and further damage. Bacteria can quickly gather and infect a space left by a cavity, putting the rest of your teeth at risk of infection.
Dr. Dadon-Harris may recommend a composite filling for patients with:
- Persistent toothaches
- Tooth sensitivity
- Dark spots on teeth
- Broken or missing fillings
How Do Composite Fillings Work?
Receiving composite fillings is quick, painless, and can be completed in just one appointment at our Henderson office. Dr. Dadon-Harris will administer a local anesthetic to the affected tooth and surrounding area to ensure you don’t feel a thing throughout the procedure.
Once the area is fully numbed, she’ll begin the procedure. Dr. Dadon-Harris will remove plaque or decayed tissue from your tooth to reduce the risk of infection. She’ll then place the composite resin and mold it to fit your tooth’s structure and shape. Finally, ultraviolet light will be used to harden the resin.
This process will be completed in layers for a strong and protective filling. Once they have been placed and hardened, Dr. Dadon-Harris will finish your tooth off with a polish. Then you’ll be ready to show off your new smile!
Frequently Asked Questions
Receiving fillings is a virtually painless experience with the use of a local anesthetic. Your mouth may feel numb for a few hours after the procedure. We recommend you wait until the numbness has completely worn off before eating to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue.
Once the numbness fades, you are “back to normal”.
Tooth-colored fillings are made with a composite resin material, which is completely safe to use in small amounts. This resin contains BPA (Bisephonal A), which doesn’t pose health risks when used in small amounts according to the American Dental Association.
Composite fillings cannot be whitened. Whitening agents won’t work on the resin material just as they don’t work on porcelain crowns/veneers, so we recommend receiving a tooth whitening treatment before having a filling placed should you want your teeth to be whiter. That way, your filling will be customized to match the new, whiter shade of your teeth.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
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. You can also fill out an online contact form and a team member will be in touch with you shortly.