When do I Need a Filling?
Typically the need for fillings result from small pockets of tooth decay that are found in your teeth, but may also be needed if you have cracked or broken teeth. Dr. Molinar will examine your teeth for decay or damage using an instrument with a sharp tip, as well as by reviewing your x-rays.
What are Composite Filings?
Also known as "white fillings", composites are formed from a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that contains a light sensitive element. It can be used to repair cavities and chipped or cracked teeth.
Are They Better?
As in the application of the old silver amalgam filling, Dr. Molinar will remove any existing decay, prepare the tooth, and apply the composite material mixed to match the color of your teeth. Unlike the traditional silver amalgam procedure, the composite filling adheres directly to your tooth rather than requiring undercutting of the healthy part of the tooth to be filled. To finalize the procedure, he will then expose the resin to a focused light source to harden the material and set it in place.
Composite fillings are environmentally friendly because they are a mercury-free dental restoration.