Composite Fillings in Hanford, CA

Enhance Your Smile with Natural-Looking Fillings

Are you struggling with discomfort while speaking, chewing, or even smiling due to tooth decay, cavities, or damage? Our experienced Hanford, CA dentist, Dr. Jack Nagrani, offers composite fillings as an optimal solution, restoring your smile’s aesthetics and preserving its functionality. Unlike traditional silver fillings, composite fillings offer many advantages that elevate their appeal. 

To learn more about achieving a natural-looking smile, don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Nagrani by calling our Hanford dental office at (559) 422-6027.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that repair teeth affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. They are made of plastic and fine glass particles, providing a natural appearance that blends seamlessly with your existing teeth.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Dr. Nagrani recommends composite fillings because of their various advantages, including: 

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, composites match the color of your natural teeth, making them practically invisible.
  • Versatility: Composite fillings can address various dental issues, including repairing chipped teeth, closing gaps, and reshaping disfigured teeth.
  • Preservation of Tooth Structure: These fillings bond directly to the tooth, helping to support and preserve its structure.
  • Reduced Sensitivity: Composite materials are less sensitive to temperature changes than amalgam, reducing the risk of discomfort.
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Who Qualifies for Composite Fillings

Patients with various dental concerns find tooth-colored fillings an ideal solution. Dr. Nagrani may recommend composite dental fillings for individuals, including:

  • Patients with Cavities: Composite fillings are an excellent option for treating cavities, providing a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution.
  • Those Concerned About Appearance: Individuals who prioritize a natural look often choose composite fillings for their cosmetic benefits.
  • Patients with Small to Mid-sized Restorations: Composite fillings work well for smaller restorations and are especially effective for front teeth.

The Composite Fillings Procedure

Examination and Diagnosis

The process begins with a thorough examination of the affected tooth. Your Hanford dentist assesses the extent of decay or damage and determines the necessity for a composite filling. X-rays may be taken to get a detailed view of the affected area.

Tooth Preparation

Once the decision for a composite filling is made, Dr. Nagrani proceeds to prepare the tooth for restoration. The decayed or damaged portion is removed using precise dental instruments, leaving a clean and healthy tooth structure.

Layering the Composite

The composite material, a blend of plastic and fine glass particles, is applied in layers. Each layer is carefully placed and shaped to recreate the natural contours of the tooth. A special curing light hardens each layer before the next one is added.

Shaping and Polishing

Once all the layers are in place, the dentist skillfully shapes the composite material to achieve the desired form and alignment. The final step involves polishing the filling to ensure a smooth surface that blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are composite fillings as durable as metal fillings?

Yes, composite fillings are highly durable and capable of withstanding normal biting forces. The modern materials used in composite fillings provide strength and resilience comparable to traditional metal (amalgam) fillings.

Do composite fillings stain over time?

While composite fillings resist staining, it’s advisable to be mindful of certain factors. While they are less prone to discoloration than alternatives, avoid excessive consumption of staining agents such as coffee, tea, and tobacco to maintain their aesthetic appeal over time.

Is the composite filling procedure painful?

Patients typically experience minimal discomfort during the composite filling procedure. Local anesthesia helps ensure a pain-free experience. Any post-procedural sensitivity is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers if needed.

How long do composite fillings last?

The lifespan of composite fillings can vary based on factors such as oral hygiene practices, diet, and the location of the filling. On average, composite fillings can last seven to 10 years or even longer with proper care. Regular dental check-ups can help monitor the condition of the fillings and address any issues promptly.

Nurture Your Smile With Composite Fillings

Whether you’re looking to address a cavity or enhance the appearance of your smile, composite fillings provide a reliable and visually appealing solution. Schedule a consultation with your Hanford, CA, dentist by giving Dr. Nagrani a call at (559) 422-6027 to determine if composite fillings are the right choice for your dental needs.

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