Tooth-Colored Fillings in Fort Worth, TX
Lake Country Dental provides composite fillings in Fort Worth, Texas, for those patients who want a stronger and more aesthetic dental filling. To schedule an appointment with one of our talented dentists, or to learn more about composite fillings, please contact our office at (817) 236-8771.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are composite fillings strong?
Composite fillings are strong — in fact, they’re just as strong as amalgam fillings. They can withstand your daily life and you don’t have to worry about what you eat. Composite fillings also require no special care beyond daily brushing, flossing, and six-month dental appointments.
While composite fillings are strong and fracture-resistant, they usually have to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings. Composite fillings generally last up to seven years, or around half the lifespan of an amalgam filling.
Can composite fillings be whitened?
No, composite fillings can’t be whitened. The resin is resistant to staining, so they won’t easily become discolored, but they also don’t respond to whitening agents.
If you’d like to have a teeth whitening treatment, we recommend doing it before you get a composite filling. That way, your new filling can be color-matched to the tooth color you’re happy with. Any existing composite fillings you have may stand out after whitening because they’ll be a different color.
How are composite fillings done?
Composite fillings are placed in layers. Eventually, these layers will completely fill the cavity and look natural. After each layer is placed, your dentist will use ultraviolet light to seal the resin in place. The light helps the resin to harden faster.
Due to the application of layers, composite fillings can take longer to place than other types of fillings. However, they’re a popular choice because they are matched to your tooth color and look completely natural.
Are composite fillings better than amalgam?
Composite and amalgam fillings each have their advantages and disadvantages. Amalgam fillings are the traditional silver-toned cavity treatment, so naturally, their main disadvantage is that they stand out. But amalgam fillings are very strong and last a long time.
Composite fillings are popular because they match your tooth color, so your fillings won’t be noticeable. While these fillings are strong, they generally don’t last as long as amalgam fillings and will have to be replaced more often.