If you need dental fillings and want to know more about your options, a cosmetic dentist in Chesapeake, VA may be able to assist you. One such filling is known as a composite, and it is a great way to enhance your smile if you have decayed or misshapen teeth. These unique fillings are manufactured from a plastic and glass mixture, and they do a great job of blending in with your natural teeth. Simply put, composites, or white fillings as they are also known, can drastically improve your smile and oral health. 



The Composite Filling Procedure

After your teeth are properly prepared, the composite will be placed over your original tooth using a layering technique. Once these layers harden, the composite will be shaped to fit the original tooth. In order to prevent staining and degradation, our dentist will also apply a polish to your teeth. 



Financial Considerations

The cost of this procedure varies, but it is important to note that composites cost nearly twice as much as traditional silver fillings. Many dental insurance plans will partially cover this procedure, but you may be responsible for any portion that it does not. On a brighter note, as composites become more widespread, many insurance companies will probably extend their coverage amount. 



Advantages and Disadvantages

In terms of appearance, many patients consider composites to be more aesthetically appealing than silver fillings. Since our dentist can blend shades to create a variety of colors, it is typically easier to find composites that match the color of your natural teeth. Other advantages include:


·         Increased insulation

·         Less breakage

·         Offers additional support to original tooth




As with any dental procedure, composites have their disadvantages. Some of these drawbacks include:


·         Eating and drinking can alter color

·         Degrades faster than silver fillings in larger cavities

·         Postoperative sensitivity


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If you are looking for fillings that will blend in with your natural teeth, you may want to consider composite fillings. Call Dr. Karen Parvin today at 757-214-6585 to learn more about dental fillings.