Composite Fillings

Teeth that require restoration from decay, fractures and cracks and chipping can be repaired with a composite material that can match your existing tooth color. Decay is removed from the affected tooth as well as any portion of the tooth that is broken and loose.

There are different composite materials available, and some have advantages over others. When you are in our office to have the restoration work performed, we’ll discuss which composite is the best to use. The long-standing traditional composite material is silver amalgam, which is the most widely used material by dentists across the country and around the world. Even though it is the most used, it is not as favorable as the newer, tooth colored composite. More and more individuals are choosing tooth-like composite material. Their smiles appear to be flawless, rather than with the silver amalgam fillings.

Like most other dental work, composite materials, silver amalgam and the newer tooth-colored type, may require replacement sometime in the future. Both are durable and are designed to last for many years, but things occur that cause the need for restoration.

Why composite fillings?

Perhaps the main reason you might wish to use the white composite material in lieu of the less expensive silver amalgam is the ability to match your tooth’s color. Your smile will appreciate the additional effort.

The following are reasons for composite fillings:

  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Filling small gaps between teeth
  • Worn teeth (teeth grinding)
  • Tooth decay

The Process

The installation of composite fillings can be done in one office visit. The initial step is to numb the area around the tooth and gum using an anesthetic specifically designed for dental work. Once numb, all loose parts or decayed tooth matter is removed from the affected tooth, and the space created will be thoroughly cleaned and made ready to receive the new filling material.

In the event of the broken or decayed tooth is near the tooth’s nerve, a special medication will be added to protect the nerve and eliminate any possibility of future discomfort.

The filling will be shaped and tested by a biting review (a thin film is placed over the new filling and a soft bite down will show whether it is too high or too low). Should the filling be too high, when routine biting of food occurs, this can cause nerve pain.

Finally, the new filling will be polished, thereby restoring your award winning smile.

You may experience sensitivity to heat and cold shortly after receiving a new composite filling, but it is only temporary while your tooth adjusts to the new filling. Sensitive teeth toothpaste may relieve the discomfort and sensation until the tooth is acclimated to the new filling.

REMEMBER: When choosing teeth whitening, we can match the new whiteness of your teeth after the whitening process is complete. Otherwise, your teeth will be whiter than the composite fillings, making your smile look dull in spots.



Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136



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