A composite is an effective and attractive alternative to silver amalgam fillings.

One of the advantages of modern dentistry is that when it comes to fixing cavities, patients have a number of options for fillings. At Sunshine Dental Group, our dentists, Dr. Jorge de la Osa and his associates offer composite dental fillings in Commerce, California.

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings have become very popular, mainly because they can be shaded to blend in with the rest of your tooth, making them harder for other people to see. They are made of a combination of powdered glass and resin. While they can be used to fill cavities, they are also used to repair minor damage to your tooth, or to make small corrections.

diagram of a tooth fillingTraditional silver amalgam fillings contain trace amounts of mercury, which is a concern for some people. We are able to remove your amalgam fillings and replace them with composites, which do not contain any harmful materials.

After numbing your tooth if needed, the dentist will clean and dry the area to be treated. Composite fillings take longer than other fillings to place, since they are placed in layers, each of which must be cured before the next one can be applied. However, if your filling begins to wear away later, it can easily be repaired by simply adding another layer. When the filling has been placed, the dentist will polish it, and it will be virtually unnoticeable to anyone else.

If you have a cavity that needs treatment, or if you would like to learn more about replacing your silver amalgam fillings with composite resin, contact our office for an appointment today. Call 323.266.2120 to plan your visit.