Composite fillings are a popular solution for repairing damage to the teeth caused by cavities, cracks, and decay. Also known as “white fillings” one of the reasons they’re preferable over other types of fillings is their natural appearance. The composite materials used can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings are therefore a practical yet aesthetically pleasing choice. At Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics, we offer a range of services including composite fillings in Garland, Texas and the surrounding area.


What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are made from a resin materials. The procedure itself is quite simple. After decay is cleaned out from the affected tooth, the tooth surface is prepared by applying an etchant product for 20 seconds. The etchant product will then be thoroughly rinsed, a bonding agent is applied to the surface. Then the composite resin material is applied and packed in layers. The dentist will use a special light to harden each layer of resin. They will then smooth and polish the composite filling into shape, leaving a neat finish. The resin acts as a discreet yet effective protective layer, filling in gaps, cracks, and cavities as well. There are several benefits of getting composite fillings.


Natural appearance

The resin used to make composite fillings is prepared in order to match the natural color of your teeth. For this reason, it’s also used for cosmetic purposes as well. Composite fillings are much less visible in your mouth than other types. You’ll also hardly feel them as the resin dries with a smooth finish.


Strengthens existing tooth

Composite fillings have benefits that go beyond simple aesthetics. They require less drilling than other treatments and are bonded securely to your tooth. This actually helps to strengthen the tooth. With composite fillings, there’s less need to remove parts of the tooth, so they help to maintain its structure. 


Quick bonding process

The process is quick and the resin will bond to your teeth within seconds. This also makes it effective for cosmetic work such as repairing cracked or even chipped teeth. After composite fillings have been placed, you will be able to eat and drink as normal.


Composite fillings are considered a near-permanent solution because with a proper dental hygiene routine, they can last for years. 


At Parkway Dental Care & Orthodontics, we offer a wide range of dental services. Our friendly team is available for advice on oral health, tooth decay, preventative dentistry, and cosmetic treatments. If you’re looking for more information about composite fillings in Garland, Texas, or any of our other services, get in touch today.