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Composite Fillings in Leeds

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Discover how our composite filling treatments in Leeds not only restore your teeth but also bring back the confidence in your smile. With us, you’ll experience a seamless, comfortable treatment designed with your well-being and satisfaction in mind.

What are composite fillings?

Sometimes, we need a little extra help to maintain our teeth health. Composite fillings are here to do just that. They’re an ideal choice for those who prefer a natural look, seamlessly matching your tooth colour to ensure your smile stays bright and confident. These fillings are great for repairing cavities and chips or for replacing old amalgam fillings with a more aesthetic solution.

While amalgam fillings are known for their durability, composite fillings balance function and appearance, blending perfectly with your natural teeth. Your dentist might suggest amalgam in certain cases for its strength, but if appearance and a uniform smile are your priorities, composite is the way to go.

How do composite fillings work?

Composite fillings are a modern solution for restoring teeth to their natural appearance and function. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of how they work:

First, your dentist will examine your tooth to determine the extent of decay or damage. This step may involve taking X-rays. The area around the affected tooth is then numbed with local anaesthesia to keep you comfortable during the procedure.

Once the area is numb, the dentist carefully removes any decay or damaged tooth material. This step helps prevent further decay by creating a clean base for the filling. The cavity is then thoroughly cleaned to remove bacteria and debris.

The composite material is then applied in layers to the cavity. Each layer is cured (hardened) using a special light before the next layer is added. This step-by-step layering process allows the composite to bond strongly with the tooth structure.

Once the cavity is filled, the dentist shapes the composite to fit your tooth’s natural contours. Finally, the filling is polished to match the sheen of your surrounding teeth, ensuring a smooth and natural appearance.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

Composite fillings come with a full range of benefits, including:

  • Aesthetic Appeal: They blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, ensuring your fillings are virtually invisible.
  • Preservation of Tooth Structure: Less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to amalgam fillings, helping to maintain more of your natural tooth.
  • Durable and Functional: They are strong and can easily withstand the daily forces of chewing and eating food.
  • Quick Procedure: The treatment is usually completed in one visit, making it a convenient option if you have a busy schedule.
  • Versatility: They can be used for various dental repairs, including cavities, chipping, and cracking.

Why Choose Aesthetique for your composite fillings?

At our dental practice, we blend personal care with modern technology to restore your smile using composite fillings. Our team combines their years of expertise with the latest dental technology to create fillings that are not only strong but also blend seamlessly with your smile. With us, you’re choosing a practice that genuinely cares about your smile’s health and appearance. Let us help you achieve a healthier, more beautiful smile with the precision and care you deserve.

Composite Fillings FAQs

  • How long do composite fillings last?
    Although not as long-lasting as amalgam fillings, composite fillings are strong and durable, and can last around 7-10 years before needing to be replaced. More and more patients are now choosing composite fillings for their aesthetic qualities.
  • Can I eat straight away after having a composite filling?
    Composite is hardened immediately with a special UV light after being placed in your tooth, meaning you are able to eat and drink directly after the procedure. If your dentist has used local anaesthetic to make you more comfortable during treatment, you may need to be careful when eating for the first few hours, until the numb feeling wears off.
  • Can composite fillings be repaired?
    It is possible to repair composite fillings. As the composite bonds to itself as well as tooth enamel and dentine, small areas of damage to the filling can be restored. In some cases, it may be preferable to remove the existing composite material and replace the filling rather than repair it. However, composite is easy to place and this is not a long procedure.
  • Are composite fillings better than amalgam?
    Composite fillings hold many cosmetic benefits. They are virtually invisible and blend seamlessly into your smile. They also are completely free from any metals, including mercury. However, amalgam fillings are longer lasting and strong, particularly in the back teeth. Your dentist will be able to help you decide which option will be the best for you.
  • Do composite fillings look completely natural?
    Yes, composite can be colour matched to the shade of your natural teeth so it blends seamlessly into your smile. The composite is bonded directly to your tooth and is virtually invisible once in place.
  • Do composite fillings last as long as amalgam?
    Composite fillings may not last as long as amalgam, but are superior in their cosmetic qualities. Composite is strong and durable, and can be expected to last around 7-10 years before needing to be replaced. Amalgam fillings can last many years but are much more visible in the mouth, especially when talking or laughing.
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