Composite Fillings

River Oak Dental Spa

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Oakdale, CA

If you have a cavity, a composite filling can restore your oral health without affecting the look of your smile. At River Oak Dental Spa in Oakdale, California, Christina Tourtlotte, DDS, and the team of dental specialists provide high-quality composite fillings that leave their patients’ mouths healthy and beautiful. Call the office or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment today and learn more about composite fillings.

Composite Fillings Q & A

What is a filling?

A filling is a treatment for a cavity. It involves removing the decayed portion of your tooth and sealing up the resultant hole with a special material. By sealing off the hole, Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa prevent bacteria from spreading further into your tooth and causing more damage. 

You can also use filling material to fix cracked, chipped, or worn teeth, and to close gaps between teeth.

How is a composite filling different from a regular filling?

There are many different types of materials that are suitable for fillings, each of which has different advantages and disadvantages depending on your preferences and the location of the filling in your mouth. Silver amalgam is one of the more widely used materials, but the silver color can make your teeth look darker and affect your appearance.

White composite fillings are made from a material that looks very similar to tooth enamel. Dr. Tourtlotte and the team at River Oak Dental Spa can also color-match your composite fillings to the natural shade of your teeth, making your filling blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.

Ultimately, white composite filling material offers an aesthetic advantage for your filling, making it a great choice for treating your front teeth or more visible areas of your other teeth.

What are the signs that I have a cavity?

Some of the ways that you might be able to recognize a cavity include:

  • A visible hole or pit in the surface of your teeth
  • Brown, black, or white stains on your teeth
  • Spontaneous toothache
  • Pain when you bite down

If you’re noticing any of these symptoms, schedule a visit with River Oak Dental Spa. Dr. Tourtlotte and the team can perform a thorough examination to determine whether you need a filling.

What happens when I get a composite filling?

When you get a filling at River Oak Dental Spa, the team starts by administering a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then, they use a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove the decay from your tooth.

Once your tooth is free of decay, they clean and sterilize the space, then fill in the hole with the composite material. They let the material dry (sometimes using a special light to harden or cure it), and then make any necessary adjustments to restore your tooth to its original shape. 

Get started with your composite filling today and call River Oak Dental Spa or schedule a visit online.