Composite Fillings Specialist

Marina Landing Dentistry

Asmita Dharia, DDS

Dentistry located in Alameda, CA

Composite fillings can protect your teeth and your smile and are now more effective than ever before. Asmita Dharia, DDS, has extensive experience providing various types of dental fillings in Marina Landing Dentistry in Alameda, California. You can choose tooth-colored composite fillings that offer more discretion and a more natural look. Composite fillings are a great way to treat cavities and other minor dental concerns. If you’re in the East Bay area, call Marina Landing Dentistry or use the online scheduling tool.

Composite Fillings Q & A

What are composite fillings?

Dental fillings work to prevent further decay, support your tooth structure, restore your teeth, and fill a space.

Fillings can effectively fill a hole in your tooth, typically following the removal of tooth decay. Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that blend in with your natural teeth for optimal discretion.

Why would I need a filling?

Dr. Dharia might suggest a filling if you suffer from tooth decay or if you have cavities.

Fillings can also repair teeth worn down from misuse over time, such as nail biting or teeth grinding, and weak, cracked, or broken teeth.

What does getting a composite filling involve?

Dr. Dharia typically administers anesthetic before using special dental tools to remove decayed tooth material. Dr. Dharia uses care and precision to make sure this part of the procedure is tolerable and causes very little discomfort.

Once the decayed areas are removed, Dr. Dharia applies a mild acid to help the material properly bond to your tooth. Dr. Dharia usually applies the filling material onto your tooth in small layers with a special dental light that effectively hardens each layer before Dr. Dharia applies the next layer.

Dr. Dharia makes small alterations throughout the process to ensure your filling matches your bite.

What are the different types of fillings?

There are various types of fillings, such as cast gold fillings, tooth-colored (composite) fillings, ceramics, glass ionomer, and porcelain.

Indirect fillings (inlays and onlays) are similar to tooth-colored fillings but they’re produced in a dental lab and usually require a few dental visits. Tooth-colored composite fillings can typically be placed in just one appointment.

During your initial consultation, you can discuss your goals and concerns and decide the right type of filling for you. Fillings are an excellent option for smaller restorations. For larger restorations, such as a large cavity area, a crown or other prosthesis might be the best option.

What are the benefits of composite tooth-colored fillings?

Tooth-colored fillings offer a number of benefits. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with your natural teeth and offer discretion. Most composite fillings aren’t noticeable.

Modern tooth-colored fillings can be quickly and seamlessly bonded to your tooth. Dr. Dharia uses high-quality dental materials and ensures the color of your filling is the perfect match.

Fillings are a safe and lasting preventive care method and cosmetic solution to treat minor dental flaws and concerns. Call Marina Landing Dentistry or book your appointment online today.