After being used for many years to treat tooth decay, composite fillings are now a staple of treating many dental issues. Dr. Thomas restores the strength of teeth with composite fillings for residents in and around Smyrna, Vinings, and surrounding communities in Atlanta, GA
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings, also known as white fillings, are a tooth-colored plastic mixture that restores an area of tooth decay. Made from silicon dioxide, a composite quartz resin, composite fillings mimic the color, shape and function of natural tooth enamel.
When Are Composite Fillings Used?
Composite fillings were introduced in the mid-1960 as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Proven safe and effective for the restoration of tooth decay, composite fillings can also be used for a variety of concerns that affect the color and shape of the teeth.
What is the Difference between Composite Fillings and Porcelain Inlays?
Porcelain inlays are an option for treating tooth decay. However, porcelain inlays are typically used only on the teeth in the back of your mouth, called molars. Composite fillings are versatile and can be used on any part of your mouth without detection.
How Do Composite Fillings Work?
Composite filling treatment is completed in just one visit. Dr. Thomas will first prepare the tooth by removing any decay that is present. He then cleans the tooth and applies a conditioner in preparation for bonding with the filler. After placement, the composite filling is hardened by shining an intense hand-held light on it for 30 to 60 seconds.
Treatment usually takes less than two hours to complete. Once composite filling treatment is complete, you may return to the rest of your day without any noticeable discomfort.
How Much Do Cosmetic Fillings Cost?
The cost of cosmetic fillings varies depending on the needs of your treatment. A consultation with Dr. Thomas can help you determine the total cost of cosmetic fillings. Because every policy is different, a member of our friendly office staff will assist you in learning whether your dental insurance policy will cover some or all cost of treatment.
We also provide financing through CareCredit® for any additional out-of-pocket expenses. Additional payment options are also available. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation or to learn more.
Dr. Thomas offers cosmetic fillings in addition to many other cosmetic dentistry options to bring your smile back to life. Contact us to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Thomas to discuss your options for a beautiful smile in Atlanta, GA.