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Composite Fillings in San Diego

Explained by a San Diego Cosmetic Dentist

In the 70s and 80s, silver fillings were far more popular than they are today. Thanks to modern technology, people can turn to composite fillings which are developed to match the look and feel of natural teeth instead of having a mouth full of noticeable, metal fillings. Composite fillings are made by a mixture of glass and quartz filler, and they are commonly used on the back or front teeth.

Why You May Need a Composite Filling

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

Reasons for composite fillings:

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

The Benefits of Composite vs. Amalgam Fillings

In many cases if a patient is given the choice between amalgam (metal) and the tooth-like composite fillings, they will choose composite fillings due to their natural appearance. There are many advantages to composite fillings and these include:

  • Composites provide a natural look and feel unlike traditional silver fillings
  • Composites are mercury free
  • Restored teeth are less sensitive to hot and cold than with amalgam
  • They chemically bond to the tooth structure, thus providing additional support
  • Less tooth structure needs to be removed in the process

Using Nature as a Guide

In the past dentistry aimed at creating "stronger" teeth by using very durable and rigid materials to replace damaged or decayed teeth. Unfortunately, these rigid materials would contribute to further decay by allowing additional decay and cracking to occur.

Today's modern dentistry uses nature as a guide by constantly searching for materials that closely mimic the natural form and function of our teeth. This combination of art and science takes into consideration restoring the natural function and internal shape of the tooth. With composite fillings, the tooth, in whole or in part is recreated using materials that respond as a healthy tooth would.

Contact Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center to schedule a consultation with San Diego cosmetic dentist Dr. Roya Mirkhan! 

Meet Dr. Roya Mirkhan

If you are like the millions of Americans who are unhappy with their smiles, you are not alone. If crooked, stained, or decaying teeth are the result of an acidic diet, injuries, medical conditions such as diabetes, aging, or naturally occurring strains, you can find help from one of America’s top dentists.

At Advanced Dentistry & Implant Center, Dr. Roya Mirkhan, DMD, MSD, is ready to come to your aid. With 19 years of experience in specialized dental care, our San Diego implant dentist offers a comprehensive range of cosmetic, periodontal, preventative, and restorative dental services to help you achieve the healthiest and most attractive smile. Dr. Mirkhan prioritizes patient comfort and care and will do everything she can to make your appointment a pleasant one.

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