A composite filling is a dental restoration used to repair a decayed or damaged primary tooth. This type of filling is made of a tooth-colored composite resin material, which is bonded directly onto the tooth to restore its shape and function.
The composite filling procedure is a quick and simple process that can typically be completed in one visit to the pediatric dental office. The dentist will first numb the area around the damaged tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure the child’s comfort or no local anesthesia is needed if your child is a candidate for Solea laser for fillings. Next, the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and the tooth is cleaned and prepared for the filling.
The composite resin material is then carefully applied to the tooth in layers, using a special light to harden each layer before the next is applied. Once the filling is in place, the dentist will shape and polish it to match the natural contour of the tooth, ensuring a comfortable bite and a seamless appearance.
The composite filling provides an effective and aesthetically pleasing solution for restoring primary teeth. Its tooth-colored appearance blends in with the surrounding teeth, creating a natural-looking smile. In addition, composite fillings require less removal of healthy tooth structure than traditional silver amalgam fillings, making them a more conservative option.
Overall, the composite filling is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive treatment option for pediatric dental patients. It restores the function and appearance of damaged teeth and helps to prevent further decay and damage.