Composite Fillings in Fairfax, Virginia
If you have cavities, we can use white composite fillings to repair your teeth in a way that also keeps them looking great! For tooth-colored-fillings in Fairfax, call us today at (703) 520-9985.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are fillings that achieve a natural appearance with a mixture of plastic resin and ultra-fine glass particles (silicon dioxide). Today’s composite fillings are strong enough to be placed on either front or back teeth, and are not only for restoring tooth decay, but for cosmetic improvements as well. With cosmetic bonding, we can change the color of teeth or reshape disfigured teeth.
How is a composite placed?
The filling material is applied in layers, and then we use a special light to harden each layer. Afterward, the composite is shaped to fit the tooth and polished to prevent staining and early wear.
How long does it take to place a composite?
It takes about 10-20 minutes longer to place a composite than a silver filling. Placement time depends on the size and location of the cavity. The larger the size, the longer it will take.
What is the cost?
Prices vary, but composite fillings average about one-and-a-half to two times the price of a silver filling. Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of the composite up to the price of a silver filling, with the patient paying the difference. As composites continue to improve, insurance companies are more likely to improve their coverage of composites.
What are the advantages of composites?
Esthetics are the main advantage, since we can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
What are the disadvantages?
After receiving a composite, a patient may experience temporary sensitivity. Also, the shade of the composite can change slightly if you drink tea, coffee or other stain-causing foods. We can put a clear plastic coating or sealant over the composite to prevent the color from changing. Composites tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities, although they hold up as well in small cavities.
How long will a composite last?
Studies have shown that composites last 7-10 years, which is comparable to silver fillings except in very large restorations.