If you have a cavity or tooth decay, composite dental fillings may be the solution you need to restore your smile. At John Leitner, DDS, we offer composite dental fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, as a safe, effective, and natural-looking option for our patients.
Composite fillings are used to restore decayed or damaged teeth. They’re made of a mixture of plastic and glass materials that bond to the tooth, creating a strong and durable restoration. Composite fillings are a popular choice for patients because they blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them virtually invisible.
A composite filling may be used for various reasons, including:
Composite fillings offer several benefits, including:
Composite fillings are a suitable option for most patients with tooth decay or damage. However, some patients may not be good candidates for composite fillings, including those with:
During your initial consultation, Dr. John Leitner will examine your teeth and determine if composite fillings are the right solution for you. We’ll discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have.
If you’ve been approved for composite dental fillings, we’ll design the composite filling to match the color and shape of your natural teeth. Before the filling is applied, the tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the filling. Then, Dr. John Leitner will remove any decayed or damaged tooth structure.
The composite filling material will be applied to the tooth in layers. Each layer will be hardened with a special light, so it cures instantly. Once the filling is complete, we will shape and polish it to match the natural contours of your tooth.
Caring for your composite dental filling is essential to ensure their longevity. Here are some tips from Dr. John Leitner to ensure your fillings stay strong:
Composite dental fillings can last up to 10 years with proper care. However, this timeframe can also vary based on factors such as your dietary habits and whether or not you grind your teeth. Be sure to visit your dentist regularly to ensure your restoration lasts and have them replaced as needed.
Yes, composite fillings are safe and have been used for decades to restore teeth. They’re much less prone to causing problems than amalgam fillings, which can cause staining of surrounding teeth, galvanic shock, and allergic reactions.
Most dental insurance plans cover composite dental fillings, but it’s best to check with your provider to determine your coverage. You can also talk to your dentist about in-house financing options to help reduce any costs.
If you are looking for a Grand Haven, MI, family dentist who offers lasting, natural-looking composite dental fillings, look no further than John Leitner, DDS. Our team is committed to providing safe, effective, and natural-looking dental restorations, so our patients can smile with pride and without pain.