Composite Fillings Torrance

Composite Fillings TorranceComposite fillings are used when teeth are decayed or have suffered minor damage. They are a popular alternative to amalgam fillings, which are silver in color and made of a special mix of mercury, tin and other metals. Unlike amalgam, composite fillings can be made to closely match the color of your own natural teeth and can provide a surprisingly subtle restoration. If you have a cavity, our specialist for composite fillings in Torrance will first examine your tooth to determine the extent of decay. Instruments, dye, dental X-rays and fluorescence can all help our dentist locate decay so that it can be addressed and treated.

A composite filling can generally be placed in a single visit. Our Torrance composite fillings dentist will first numb the area so that your procedure will be free of discomfort or pain. Hand instruments, air abrasion or lasers may be used to remove the decayed portion of tooth. The area will then be contoured for the filling, after which a lining made of glass ionomer, eugenol or other materials may be placed to protect the tooth against sensitivity.

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An etching liquid will be painted onto the surface of the tooth to roughen it so that the composite resin filling can bond more securely with the tooth. This reduces the risk of decay developing beneath the filling. The composite resin, a putty-like material, is then applied layer by layer, and carefully cured using a special light. Once it is completed, our Torrance composite fillings dentist will shape it, polish it and finish it so that it blends in flawlessly with your other teeth.

A tooth that has been filled may experience a slight increase in sensitivity for a few days or even a week. This will subside over time. Fillings can last more than a decade when properly maintained. Brush your teeth twice daily, use fluoride toothpaste, floss daily and visit our dentist twice a year for professional cleanings and dental exams.

If you need composite fillings in Torrance, we can help. Contact our dentist in Torrance today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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