Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings
Children as young as seven months old can experience tooth decay and may need a filling. Composite fillings are the perfect treatment option to restore a child’s tooth to its original state, and in Midtown, New York, New York, the Happy Smile Dentistry team happily provides this treatment for your child. Call or book your appointment online with Dr. Sarah Kim or Dr. Julie Cernigliaro today.

Composite Fillings Q & A

Happy Smile Pediatric Dentistry

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings, typically made from two main ingredients: a filler of fine, glass-like particles, and a plastic resin.

Composites are designed to blend in with your child’s tooth enamel and match the natural color of the teeth. They are most effective when placed in a visible area of the smile, for example on the front teeth or gum line.

In the Happy Smile dental office, the composite filling material is bonded to your child’s tooth enamel to insulate the tooth and create a sturdy, yet discreet filling.

Why would my child need a composite filling?

Children as young as seven months old can begin to experience tooth decay and cavities, which are holes that form on the surface of the teeth, typically due to tooth decay.

If cavities are left untreated, they’ll only get worse. Untreated cavities can even lead to more severe problems, such as an abscess, chronic pain, and even bone loss in both children and adults.

Composite fillings can prevent further damage, and experts like Dr. Kim or Dr. Cernigliaro may recommend a composite filling if your child has experienced tooth decay.

Composite fillings are also a great treatment option for a chipped tooth or gum-line decay.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

Many people, including children, prefer to have their teeth restored to a more natural and discreet look.

The primary advantage of choosing composite fillings over amalgam, or silver fillings, is the incredibly close match to your child’s natural tooth color that allows the composites to blend in, and even go unnoticed. They’re also more durable and last longer than amalgam fillings.

In some cases, metallic amalgam fillings have even been known to discolor neighboring teeth, further changing the look of your child’s smile.

Composite fillings are the material of choice for the most natural-looking smile and cosmetically-appealing results. Call or book online and ask Dr. Kim or Dr. Cernigliaro about reliable, high-quality composite fillings.

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