composite fillings

Composite Fillings

composite fillingsScotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA

Preventive care is your best defense against cavities. However, when tooth decay does occur, a filling is the best option to repair the minimal damage and to prevent further infection. At Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry, we use metal-free composite fillings that are made of durable resin and color matched to look identical to your natural teeth. If you need a filling in Scotts Valley or would like to have your old metal fillings replaced in Santa Cruz, Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry can help.

Fillings are used to replace and restore the decayed or damaged structure of your teeth. For decades, dentists relied on using amalgam or silver fillings to repair tooth decay. However, studies now show us there could be health issues related to these fillings since they contain mercury. A safer, and more aesthetically pleasing option are composite fillings, which consists of a resin material that is safer for your teeth, and blends in with your smile.

What to expect during treatment

After getting your mouth numb, the dentist will remove any decay and tooth structure that has been damaged. Then, the affected area is thoroughly cleansed, and then the composite material is bonded directly to the tooth. A special curing light is used to set the material. Finally, the restoration is shaped and polished, making the filling virtually invisible once the process is complete.

Why is composite better?

Because a composite filling is bonded directly to the tooth, unlike traditional amalgam or metal fillings, it will last longer than its metallic counterpart. This is especially helpful since composite fillings are much less likely to cause the tooth to fracture or break, which, unfortunately, cannot be said about amalgam fillings. Also, the dentist can preserve more of the tooth’s natural structure when prepping it for a composite filling, unlike when using amalgam fillings, which is due in part to the fact that composites are bonded directly to the teeth. Plus, composite fillings do not contain any mercury, like the old silver fillings, making composites a safer choice. Since composite material is biocompatible, you do not have to worry about the fillings causing any harmful effects to your health.

Composite fillings, what’s the cost?

The initial cost for a composite filling is typically higher than the cost of an amalgam or metal filling, and some dental insurance plans may not cover any portion of the costs involved. However, we believe in maintaining a metal-free environment for the safety and health of our patients. You can ask our business office to look over your dental plan to determine if your insurance will cover any portion of a composite filling. However, we believe that the benefits of a composite filling far outweigh the cost differences between the two materials.

Composite Fillings in Scotts Valley

If you have a cavity and are in need of a filling, or you would like to have your old amalgam or metal dental work replaced, then contact our office in Scotts Valley by calling (831) 824-5111 to schedule an appointment.

Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry serves the oral health needs of patients in Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.