Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.  Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing space between two teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
 
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

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"The dentists at this family owned practice are excellent! They explain each step, warn you ahead of time if any pain or discomfort will result in the procedure, and are gentle, patient, and respectful. My child actually loves visiting the dentist! The hygienists, and front office staff are also very kind and wonderful people. I've been going to this practice since Dr. Kevin Calvert's father had the practice; now Dr. Kevin's son-in-law, Chris Walton, is in practice with him, and has the same kind and patient personality. I have recommended this practice to many people, and will not hesitate to do so in the future."

DL, San Jose

"I could not say more great things about this dental office! I have been going to them my whole life, and I am pretty much the only person I know that absolutely loves going to the dentist. Every person here is amazing!! Dr. Calvert has been taking care of my teeth since the beginning. Dr. Chris Walton is now working here as well! He is so gentle and patient!! WONDERFUL! I have recommended so many people to this dental office and they couldn't be more grateful! My fiance is quite excited to start going to Dr. Calvert and Dr. Walton. Thank you for keeping my teeth healthy!! The office is impeccably clean. Very comfortable atmosphere. EXTREMELY kid-friendly office. They are very accommodating to those uncomfortable with dentists. Couldn't imagine a better group of people working on my teeth!!"

BW, San Jose

"nice, patient, and knowledgeable, so calm and serene! 5 Stars for Dr. Calvert"

JV, San Jose

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