Composite Fillings

Berger Family Dental

Robert Berger, DDS

Family Dentist located in Reynoldsburg, OH

Poor oral hygiene can lead to decay and cavities — small holes in your teeth where bacteria can gather. Robert Berger, DDS, and his team at Berger Family Dental in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, provides easy-to-place composite fillings that treat cavities and restore the health of your teeth. Composite fillings are tooth-colored so they don’t detract from your smile, blending in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. To learn more about composite fillings, call the office or schedule a consultation today.

Composite Fillings Q & A

What is a filling?

A filling is a dental restoration that Dr. Berger provides to fill in and seal up cavities, which are small holes in your teeth. Cavities are typically caused by decay stemming from poor oral hygiene or a high-sugar diet. However, fillings are also used to fill in the space left by any hole, including a hole drilled into your tooth during a root canal procedure. 

What are fillings made of? 

Dr. Berger uses fillings made of a composite material, which are also called “white fillings” or “tooth-colored fillings.” They’re made of a combination of ceramic and plastic. Composite fillings are sturdy and help restore the optimal function of your tooth. Since they’re tooth-colored, composite fillings also fit in seamlessly with the rest of your natural teeth. 

What is the procedure for composite fillings like? 

A filling typically only takes one quick visit with Dr. Berger at the Berger Family Dental office. First, he numbs your tooth and the surrounding tissues with a local anesthetic, making the procedure comfortable and easy on you. Then, Dr. Berger uses special dental instruments to remove all of the decayed material from your tooth.

Once he gets rid of all the decay, Dr. Berger uses special dental instruments to thoroughly clean out the cavity and remove any remaining bacteria or debris. Then he seals it with the composite filling material, which is in a putty-like form, and uses a special light to harden the filling material. This only takes a few minutes. If there are any final adjustments needed to reshape the filling material, he’ll trim them. 

After your filling hardens, there shouldn’t be any lingering pain or side effects. Your tooth will feel as good as new. 

How long do composite fillings last? 

Composite fillings should last you at least five years, if not more. The key to giving your filling a long lifespan is treating your tooth like you would any natural tooth. Continue brushing and flossing regularly. Also, don’t forget to maintain your regularly scheduled cleanings with Dr. Berger. 

To find out more about composite fillings, call the Berger Family Dental office or schedule a consultation with Dr. Berger today.