Composite Restorations in Chattaroy, WA

Are you noticing signs of decay on your teeth or do you have old fillings that need replacing? MyDentist offers advanced composite restorations to bring back your healthy smile. While we're not located in Chattaroy, WA, Dr. Nicholas R. Harker, DDS and our team are excited to extend our dental services to residents of the Chattaroy, WA community. 

What are Composite Restorations?

Composite restorations, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are a popular choice for restoring decayed teeth or making cosmetic improvements. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite materials match the natural color of your teeth, offering a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. 


Advantages of Composite Restorations

There are several advantages over traditional filling materials like amalgam or gold.

  • Aesthetic Appeal: Composite fillings match natural tooth color, ideal for visible areas.
  • Bonding: Direct bond to tooth structure supports tooth, preventing breakage.
  • Versatility: Used for various repairs like filling cavities, fixing chips, and closing gaps.
  • Safety: No mercury content, preferred by some for health and environmental reasons.
  • Minimally Invasive: Preserves more natural tooth structure, and requires a smaller preparation area than amalgam fillings.


Process of Getting Composite Restorations

The process of getting a composite restoration is straightforward and can usually be completed in one dental visit. Here’s a step-by-step overview of what to expect:

  1. Anesthesia: If necessary, the area around the tooth will be numbed using a local anesthetic to ensure comfort during the procedure.
  2. Tooth Preparation: Dr. Nick Harker will remove decay and prepare the tooth for the composite material. This step may vary depending on the extent of decay and the tooth's condition.
  3. Composite Application: The composite resin is then applied in layers to the prepared tooth. A specialized light is used to harden (cure) each layer before the next is applied.
  4. Shaping and Polishing: Once the filling is in place, it will be shaped to match the contours of your tooth and polished to prevent staining and wear, ensuring it blends seamlessly with your natural teeth.

To learn more, feel free to contact us at 509-464-4100.


Aftercare for Composite Restorations

Proper aftercare is essential to extend the life of your composite fillings and maintain oral health. Here are some tips:

  • Good Oral Hygiene: Regular brushing and flossing are essential to prevent further decay and prolong the life of your restoration.
  • Avoid Hard Foods: While composite fillings are durable, avoiding very hard or sticky foods can help prevent them from being damaged.
  • Regular Dental Checkups: Visiting MyDentist for regular checkups allows Dr. Harker to monitor the condition of your fillings and your overall oral health.
  • Wear Protection: If you grind your teeth at night, consider getting a night guard to protect your teeth and fillings from damage.


Can Composite Restorations Be Used on All Teeth?

Composite restorations can be used on both front and back teeth. They are particularly popular for front teeth due to their natural appearance.


Is the Procedure Painful?

The procedure for placing a composite filling is generally not painful, as a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. You may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, but this should subside quickly.


Book Your Composite Restorations Appointment in Chattaroy, WA Today!

Ready to restore your smile with composite restorations? Contact us online or call us at 509-464-4100 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Nicholas R. Harker, DDS. We're here to provide you with high-quality dental care and help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile.