Composite Fillings and Bonding    Dentist Littleton


Composite resin fillings are the gold standard filling material in modern dentistry.  They can be shade matched to the natural tooth structure or used to change the shade of a tooth.  In most cases composite filling or bonding is used to repair teeth damaged by decay, cracks, and fractures.  First, the tooth decay or cavity is removed, then the resulting space is filled with a composite filling to recreate the natural shape of the tooth.  Dental bonding is a comfortable and minimally invasive, often elective aesthetic procedure that can restore teeth with problems such as cracks, chips, stains, or gaps.  It enhances the appearance of your smile and allows you to feel more confident.  If the teeth are unaffected by decay, many times bonding can be performed without the assistance of anesthesia.

The bonding material is selected to emulate numerous natural shades of tooth color. This allows the restoration to match the hue and brightness of your natural teeth. The composite resin is created from a material that is durable and resistant to stains.  It is smoothed and polished to replicate the look and feel of natural teeth.

Dental bonding or composite fillings is a solution for the following issues:

  • Protect Exposed Roots of Teeth
  • Repair Cracks and Chips
  • Fill Gaps Between Front Teeth
  • Reshape Misaligned Teeth
  • Reduce Stains
  • Secure Loose Teeth
  • Repair decayed or worn teeth

Composite fillings or bonding is completed within a single appointment.  The tooth will be numbed and decay removed by the dentist.  The space will be cleaned and prepared before the new filling is applied. If the decay approaches the nerve of the tooth, a special medication called a pulp cap will be used for increased protection. The composite filling will then be bonded, shaped, adjusted, and polished to allow for original function and aesthetics.

You might experience increased sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures when fillings are initially placed, but this will subside after a short period of time.

There are a number of filling types available, each with unique benefits and disadvantages.  Dr. Greg Herzberg is a dentist who utilizes multiple restoration materials and will discuss the pro and cons of each recommended restoration option.  Since composite fillings are tooth-colored, their color can be matched to your existing, natural teeth. This is the cosmetically preferred option for most patients.