Kids Dental Center
Pediatric Dentist located in Greenbelt, MD
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 Q & A
What is a composite restoration?
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:
- Fill teeth after decay is removed
- Repair chipped or cracked teeth
- Improve the appearance of teeth
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.
What are the benefits of composite restorations for filling cavities?
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.
Can all cavities be filled with composite restorations?
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.
How is a cavity filled with composite resin?
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:
- Precisely removes decay
- Eliminates the high-pitched sound and pressure of a dental drill
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.
How does a composite restoration treat cracked or discolored teeth?
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:
- Reshape teeth
- Cover gaps between teeth
- Improve the appearance of stained or discolored teeth
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.