When your child needs a cavity restored, composite restorations, unlike metal fillings, match the appearance of your child’s natural teeth. Bosede Adeniji, DDS, at the Kids Dental Center, has years of experience keeping kids and teens happy with their dental work by using composite restorations. If you have questions or need to schedule an exam, call the office in Greenbelt, Maryland, or book an appointment online.
Composite restoration is the dental term for using a specific type of material — composite resin — to restore the function and appearance of teeth. Composite resin is used to:
Composite resin is made from a mix of acrylic resin and finely-ground ceramic pieces tinted to match the natural color of your child’s teeth.
Composite restorations have two benefits: they boost your child’s self-confidence by matching their natural teeth, and the procedure preserves more tooth surface than a traditional metal filling.
Dr. Adeniji bonds composite resin to the tooth using strong, dental cement. As a result, she only needs to remove the decay, not any of the surrounding healthy tooth. Other fillings depend on the size and shape of the opening to stay in place, so more of the tooth is removed.
Composite resins are primarily used for small-to-medium sized cavities, work well for front teeth, and may be used for molars.
Composite resins may not hold up as long as silver amalgam fillings on back teeth that bear substantial pressure during chewing.
The first step is removing the decayed area. When children are anxious or fearful about drilling, Dr. Adeniji uses air abrasion rather than the drill.
Air abrasion procedure offers the following benefits:
After the decay is gone, Dr. Adeniji cleans the area and fills it with composite resin. Then, she cures the resin using a small UV light.
Dental bonding is an easy, painless procedure during which Dr. Adeniji covers the visible surface of the targeted teeth with composite resin.
The composite resin effectively fills in and covers cracks to restore the tooth’s strength. This durable material can also:
After Dr. Adeniji slightly roughens the tooth’s surface, she covers it with the composite resin and molds the resin into the desired shape.
When your child has a cavity or is unhappy with the look of their smile, call the Kids Dental Center to learn more about composite restorations, or book an appointment online.