Restore Minor Tooth Damage and Decay with Aesthetically Appealing Composite Fillings

Cavities start as minor dental issues but can quickly progress into significant issues without treatment. Dental Associates of Hoboken is proud to offer composite fillings to treat cavities and minor tooth damage in Hoboken, New Jersey, and its surrounding areas.

Composite fillings are a massive upgrade from amalgam (silver) fillings that dominated the market years ago. Composite fillings are created from tooth-colored materials, eliminating the unnatural, metallic appearance of amalgam fillings. Best of all, composite fillings are created from safe materials devoid of mercury and other toxins associated with amalgams.

How are white fillings placed?

After examining your tooth, the dentist will remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth before thoroughly cleaning the area to remove all traces of unwanted bacteria. Next, we’ll fill the resulting cavity with layered composite resin. After sculpting and reshaping the filling, we’ll use a special curing light to harden the restoration. Before letting you go, we’ll check and adjust your bite until it feels normal.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

Although composite fillings are popular for cavity treatment, we can also use them to treat minor cracks and chips, discoloration, and dark triangles from receded gums. The versatile nature of composite makes it ideal for numerous functional and cosmetic uses.

Aside from their versatility, composite fillings offer the following benefits:

  • Natural appearance: Composite fillings can be crafted to perfectly match the shade of surrounding teeth for unnoticeable results. The natural-looking results of composites make them ideal for all teeth, including those visible when smiling.
  • Conservative: Placing composites only involves removing a small portion of the tooth, preserving much of the original structure.
  • Chemical bonding: Composite chemically bonds with the tooth, creating a tight seal to prevent microleakage. Chemical bonding creates a strong, durable bond that helps hold the filling securely in place, even under the forces of biting and chewing.
  • Safety: Composite fillings are created from BPA-free, biocompatible materials, so you don’t have to worry about toxic substances. We believe in the mouth-body connection and use only safe dental materials to preserve your oral and systematic health.

How should I care for my fillings?

Optimal oral hygiene maintains the longevity of your filling and prevents the need for future cavity fillings. Composite fillings can last as few as two years or as many as ten years. The secret? It’s how well you maintain your teeth. Although composites don’t decay, the tooth underneath is still vulnerable. Observe the following maintenance tips to keep your fillings healthy for years.

  • Brush twice daily
  • Floss at least once daily
  • Visit your dentist twice annually for routine check-ups and cleanings
  • Avoid smoking as this can discolor your fillings
  • Wear a mouthguard if you chronically grind your teeth
  • Avoid poor oral habits like chewing on fingernails and opening bottle tops

Ready for composite fillings?

Suspect a cavity in Hoboken, NJ? Treat it today before it grows into a major issue. Call (201) 795-2111 to schedule an appointment with Drs. Bari Posner, Anum Ali Giancarlo Brezillion  for composite fillings.