Light cure composite fillings
the past, teeth were most commonly repaired with amalgam
(silver) fillings or gold restorations. Thanks to advances
in modern dental materials and techniques, teeth can be
restored with a more aesthetic and natural appearance.
There are different types of cosmetic fillings currently
available. The type used will depend on the location of
the tooth and the amount of tooth structure that needs to
most simple form of 'white filling' is technically called
a Composite. It is made up of a composite quartz resin and
usually contains a light sensitive agent. These light cured
composites are extremely cosmetic and most often bonded
into place in one appointment.
For this reason, they are often referred to as "bonding".
They can be used in both the front teeth as well as in your
back teeth. These materials come in a variety of shades
so that they will match the color of your own teeth. Some
of these composite materials have been specifically designed
to actually withstand the incredible forces you can exert
when chewing on your back teeth.
order to bond a filling material to your tooth it is first
necessary to remove decay, prepare the tooth and then to
condition the enamel and dentin. Once conditioned, a thin
resin is applied which bonds to the etched surface. The
bond strength of these fillings is incredible. Bonding increases
the strength of these restorations far beyond those of only
a short time ago.
After placement, composites are hardened by shining an
intense light on them for a specified period of time, usually
around 20 seconds. Since we tend to look at this light all
the time ( many times a day) it is necessary for us to protect
our eyes from it with an orange shield. It is not necessary
for us to protect your eyes since you look at this light
only once in a while. However, it is probably a good idea
for you not to look directly into the light anyway.
We are constantly asked the same question, " When
can I eat?". Well, after placement, you may chew right
away. These fillings are instantly hardened by the light.
Your teeth may experience some degree of temperature sensitivity
for a few days to a week. If it does not disappear within
that period of time, contact us.