Composite Fillings

Cavities are a prevalent dental problem that can cause irreparable harm to your teeth if left untreated. Our composite fillings in Allen, Texas, are a popular option for restoring a cavity because they provide a natural-looking appearance and are more durable than amalgam fillings.

A composite (tooth-colored) filling can repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. We will remove the decayed or affected portion of the tooth and then fill it with a composite filling.

Many types of filling materials are available, each with advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Nicholas Cox or Dr. Burkett can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. 

Composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, we can closely match the color of existing teeth and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible mouth areas.

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Composite fillings are durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.


Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.


How Are Composite Fillings Placed?

We can usually place composite fillings in one appointment. If the decay is near the tooth’s nerve, we use a particular medication we will apply for added protection. 


Here is a step-by-step look at how we place composite fillings in our patients.


Step 1: Evaluating the Cavity

The first step in the composite filling placement process is to assess the cavity’s size and location. Our expert dentist will examine the extent of the decay during your dental examination and determine if a composite filling is a proper treatment for you.

Step 2: Preparing the Tooth

Once we identify the cavity’s extent, we’ll numb the area with a local anesthetic and prepare the tooth by removing the decay. Then, we’ll clean the cavity thoroughly to prevent any bacteria from causing future damage.

Step 3: Preparing the Composite Resin

The next step in the procedure is to prepare the composite resin. Our dentist will select the appropriate shade of composite resin to match your natural tooth color, ensuring a seamless look.

Step 4: Applying the Composite Resin

Our dentist will apply the composite resin to the cavity, layer by layer, using a self-curing light to harden the material. We’ll carefully sculpt the filling to match the natural contours of your tooth, ensuring that it looks and feels like a part of your natural tooth structure.


Step 5: Polishing the Composite Filling

After applying the composite resin, we’ll finish the placement procedure by polishing the filling to create a natural, smooth surface. The final result should look and feel like a real tooth, restoring your smile’s natural appearance and function.


Aftercare Instructions

You will be given care instructions after your treatment. After getting a composite filling from Cox Family Dentistry, it’s essential to take care of the tooth properly to ensure it heals well and lasts as long as possible. Firstly, avoid chewing food or using that tooth for at least an hour after the procedure. 


It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Any discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medication


Try to stick to soft foods for the first few days and avoid very hot or cold drinks. Brush and floss as usual, but be gentle around the filling. If you notice any unusual symptoms such as severe pain, swelling, or infection, contact Cox Family Dentistry as soon as possible for a check-up. With proper care, your composite filling should last many years.


Composite Fillings in Allen, Texas

At Cox Family Dentistry, we aim to ensure our patients receive the best possible dental care. We’re committed to providing the highest quality composite filling placement procedures in Dallas, Texas, using state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.


If you’re experiencing tooth decay or discomfort, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with our dental experts. We’ll examine your teeth and recommend the best treatment option to restore your oral health and ensure a beautiful, natural-looking smile. Contact us today to book your appointment!