Metal-Free Composite Fillings
Our certified dental staff at Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry use metal-free composite fillings to restore teeth damaged by decay in the same way that amalgam fillings are used, but because composite fillings are “white”, “tooth-colored” fillings, they have a better aesthetic appearance, as they blend in with the surrounding natural tooth much more seamlessly.
The composite material is a combination of tooth-colored plastic and glass materials that are applied in layers. Each layer is hardened with a specialized light before applying the next. When the layers are all applied, your dentist will then shape the surface so that the tooth will fit correctly before polishing it to prevent staining and wear. In addition to being used is fillings, the material is also used in other cosmetic procedures that improve the smile, such as reshaping teeth.
Though they are more expensive than amalgam (“silver”) fillings, metal-free composite fillings are ideal for any teeth that are highly visible, and is often used to fill cavities in the front teeth. Most dental insurance plans cover composite fillings, especially when needed on a visible tooth.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
The biggest advantage of composite fillings are aesthetics. Not only is the material white instead of metal, the shades of the composite can be blended to match your natural teeth, usually making the presence of the composite virtually undetectable – even on a front tooth. With our expert color-matching system, we can match our restorations to the shades of your teeth exactly.
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We can help you decide if a composite filling is best for you. When you come in for a consultation, we will examine the location of the cavity in the mouth, as well as the size of the cavity, and discuss your history and cosmetic concerns. We will present you with all of your options, and then discuss them with you to help you decide which kind of filling is best for you.
Call our Midtown cosmetic dentist office at (212) 581-1091 to book your appointment today!