Composite Fillings

Protect Your Smile With Fillings

A small crack or cavity in a tooth may not seem like a big deal, but it can put your entire smile at risk if not treated on time. Fortunately, at Panneton Dental Group, our Nebraska dentists provide composite fillings to fix various dental issues while restoring the appearance of your teeth.

Read our guide to learn more about this cosmetic treatment and how Dr. Mark Panneton delivers excellent care to patients in Douglas County and Sarpy County, NE. You can also discover our other cosmetic treatments or schedule an appointment by calling the Omaha dental office at (402) 934-5200 or our La Vista office at (402) 537-4620.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings or white fillings, replace missing or damaged tooth structures, repairing decay, cracks, and chips. They’re made of a durable composite resin consisting of glass, plastic, porcelain, and quartz instead of metal. This simple cosmetic treatment fills in unwanted gaps and restores your tooth’s appearance and bite force. Composite resin allows for a natural-looking restoration that can last for years with proper care.

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The Benefits of Composite Fillings

When compared to silver fillings, composite fillings offer several benefits:

  • Natural-looking appearance
  • Insulation from galvanic shock
  • Non-toxic/ hypoallergenic 
  • Temperature resistant
  • Preserves enamel
  • Strengthens teeth
  • Improves self-confidence

Composite Fillings vs. Silver Fillings

There are many reasons why composite fillings are our patient’s favorite cosmetic restorations, some of which include:

  • Composite fillings can match the tooth’s color, while amalgam (silver) fillings and gold fillings stand out. 
  • Composite fillings are ideal for patients who are allergic to metal.
  • Unlike gold and silver fillings, composite fillings don’t require much enamel removal.
  • Silver fillings aren’t as durable as composite fillings and can expand and contract with temperature changes, potentially causing tooth fractures.

Candidate Considerations for Composite Fillings

Determining if composite dental fillings are the right choice for you involves various factors. Below is a list of considerations to help you assess your candidacy for composite fillings:

  • Extent of Decay or Damage: Composite fillings are suitable for addressing mild to moderate decay or damage. Severe cases may require alternative dental treatments.
  • Location of the Filling: Composite fillings are particularly effective for visible areas of the mouth due to their natural appearance. Consider the location of the affected tooth when deciding on the type of filling.
  • Aesthetic Preferences: If aesthetics are a priority and you prefer tooth-colored restorations that seamlessly blend with natural teeth, composite fillings may be the ideal choice.
  • Allergies or Sensitivities: Communicate any known allergies or sensitivities to your dentist before undergoing the procedure. Alternative materials can be considered if necessary.
  • Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is crucial for the longevity of composite fillings. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups are essential.
  • Desire for Minimally Invasive Treatment: If you prefer a more conservative approach that minimizes the removal of healthy tooth structure, composite fillings align with this preference.

The Composite Fillings Process

Here’s a general overview of what you can expect during the filling process:

  1. Preparation: Dr. Panneton will numb the area around the tooth to minimize any discomfort before starting the procedure. Once you can’t feel anything around the tooth, he’ll remove any decayed or damaged tooth material.
  2. Filling Placement: After removing the decayed material and cleaning out the cavity from the tooth, your Omaha dentist will place the composite filling material. We’ll harden the composite resin with a special light that allows it to dry quickly.
  3. Shape and Polish: Once the filling is in place, Dr. Panneton will shape and polish the filling material to blend in with the rest of the tooth

Caring for Your Restorations

Dr. Panneton will provide you with aftercare instructions and prescribe pain medications if necessary. It’s crucial to follow these instructions to ensure your restoration heals smoothly. Some of the ways you can care for your composite fillings include the following:

  • Gently brush and floss around the fillings for a few days
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Avoid alcohol-based mouthwash, as it can wash away the resin
  • Avoid hard, chewy, tough, and sticky foods
  • Avoid grinding your teeth
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for routine visits

Costs and Insurance Coverage

Due to the more complex application procedure, composite fillings will typically cost more than amalgam fillings. Most dental insurance plans will cover a portion of the price, often at the same rate they cover amalgam. Any costs beyond what insurance covers fall into the patient’s responsibility. 

Those without dental insurance can inquire about financing options. Panneton Dental Group offers a dental benefits membership plan to help you save money and focus on your dental care.

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