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Composite Fillings

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Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.

If you have a damaged tooth, you may worry that others will be able to detect the restoration if you repair it. But composite fillings provide a natural-looking solution that won’t disrupt your beautiful smile. 

At Santa Monica Dental Office, Dr. Farahmand incorporates the latest materials and technology into your experience, including white fillings. Our office uses an intraoral scanner that provides a 3D picture of your tooth, allowing Dr. Farahmand to get a complete view of your teeth before preparing them for restoration.  

But what exactly are composite fillings in restorative dentistry, and how do they work?

What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings

Composite resin fillings use tooth-colored material to repair teeth that are decayed, cracked, or fractured. When you need tooth decay treatment, tooth-colored fillings can ensure the restoration is unnoticeable. 

Composite filling material is made from dental resin. It comes in many shades, allowing Dr. Farahmand to match your natural tooth color closely. Also known as white fillings, this material can be shaped to resemble your natural tooth.

Composite Filling Benefits Over 
Silver Fillings

Compared to a traditional silver filling, a composite filling comes with a range of advantages.


Repairs Cracks and Chips

Composite material is useful for restoring chips and cracks in your teeth. Because it bonds and hardens quickly, these aesthetic dental fillings are ideal for repairing cracks and chips in your front teeth.


Requires Less Natural Tooth Removal

Silver fillings can require the removal of an extensive amount of your natural tooth and any decayed portion. As a result, your teeth can become weaker. Composite fillings don’t require as much natural tooth to be removed, making the tooth stronger than one with a silver filling.


Bonds to Natural Tooth

Unlike silver fillings, white fillings bond to the natural tooth structure. Dr. Farahmand prepares your tooth and uses a bonding agent to adhere to it. The composite material hardens, adding strength to your tooth.


Hardens in a Short Time

Once the filling material is in your tooth and shaped, a special blue light is placed over the filling. This light activates the material and causes it to harden. The process takes less than one minute to complete.  

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When Do You Need Composite Fillings?

You may have tooth decay when you experience tooth pain or sensitivity. These symptoms can occur due to excessive plaque and bacteria on your teeth, resulting in tooth enamel erosion and decay. When left untreated, you may experience discomfort and infection. 

Tooth decay can be detected during a routine dental exam and by using digital dental X-rays. We’ll recommend the best treatment option for your needs, which may include composite fillings. 

Expert Dental Cavity Fillings in Santa Monica

If you’re experiencing tooth pain, don’t delay your comfort another day. Whether you need a composite filling or another dental treatment, Dr. Farahmand of Santa Monica Dental Office is your friendly local dentist ready to restore your beautiful smile. 

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