Composite Fillings & Bonding in Spokane
Mercury-Free Fillings that Blend Right In with Your Smile
Metal fillings are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Tooth-colored composite fillings are free of mercury, and blend in with the natural enamel of the tooth. Every person has a unique shade of enamel, so Dr. Ryan R. Love uses an extensive matching process to find the color of composite material that will leave your tooth looking as if nothing had been done.
What Are Composite Fillings Used For?
Composite fillings are used to fill in areas of the tooth that have decayed. They are also used to repair broken or chipped teeth, or teeth that have significant wear and tear. Composite fillings can be placed on the front or the back teeth, although they may not last as long as other types of fillings on the back teeth where there is significant pressure from chewing.
Less Tooth Preparation Means Stronger Teeth
White composite fillings bond directly with tooth enamel. That means there is less tooth preparation needed, and more healthy enamel can remain on the tooth. Other types of fillings require additional enamel removal because of the way they are held in the teeth. With a composite restoration, patients know that the only part of the tooth prepared is the immediate area where decay exists.
The Placement Process
Prior to placing the composite filling, all of the decay must be removed from the tooth, and the tooth must be disinfected. After this has been accomplished, Dr. Love applies the composite filing material, which is made from plastic and ceramic compounds, to the tooth. He shapes the material and uses a special LED light to harden and bond it to the tooth enamel. Finally, Dr. Love makes any last-minute adjustments and polishes the tooth.
It is important that the tooth remain dry during this entire procedure, so Dr. Love may take his time when placing a composite filling. For this reason, composite fillings typically take a bit longer to place than metal fillings.
Using composite fillings for cosmetic purposes is a similar procedure. The material is applied to the tooth and used to repair small chips or cracks, or to fill in small gaps between the teeth. Composite filings can also be used to elongate a tooth or improve its shape so it blends in with the surrounding teeth.
Composite fillings develop normal wear and tear over time. But when properly cared for, these fillings can last for many years.
Contact Dr. Ryan Love
For more information about how composite fillings can restore teeth that have been damaged by decay, or improve the appearance of a tooth, please call (509) 928-2525 or email our practice today.
Dr. Love believes that the right dental technology can make treatment quicker, safer and more comfortable for his patients. He invests in high-tech systems and tools that help him to be more efficient and treatment outcomes more accurate.
The revolutionary CEREC system enables him to plan, create and place top-quality crowns and bridges in a single visit. Tools such as cone beam CT scans help Dr. Love to capture three-dimensional images of the teeth, soft tissues and bone of the jaw for more precise treatment planning. Systems like the Sirona guided implant system help Dr. Love carefully map out treatment for more predictable dental implant results. Thanks to these key pieces of technology, Dr. Love’s patients save considerable time, money and effort on dental treatment.
Best dentist ever. I can't say enough nice things about him. Everyone in the office is amazing.
Always friendly and they do amazing work!!!
Such a great place! They always take good care of us whenever we need them! Thanks for all the love Dr. Love!
Ryan has been my dentist for a number of years now… Love his professional manner, technical skills and ability, and great professional and friendly staff. If you're looking for a top flight dentist I would strongly recommend Ryan and his team!!