Composite Dental Fillings

Rifkin Dental Group

Cosmetic Dentists & Restorative Dentists located in Sandy Springs, Atlanta, GA

Around 92% of American adults ages 20-64 have had at least one cavity. Using a composite dental filling is the most common way to treat a cavity, and dentists do about 175 million fillings every year. Susan Rifkin, DDS, and Zachary Rifkin, DDS, lead the team of experienced dental professionals at Rifkin Dental Group. They welcome patients from all over Atlanta, Georgia, for dental filling procedures. If you have a toothache, make an appointment today using the online booking tool or by calling the office.

Composite Dental Fillings Q & A

What is a composite dental filling?

A filling is a substance that fills the cavity left behind after a dentist cleans out the decayed material from a tooth. Cavities, also called tooth decay, can happen because of:

  • Lack of fluoride
  • Poor cleaning
  • Dry mouth
  • Too much sugary food
  • Site of tooth

Dentists also use fillings to repair broken teeth or those worn down by excessive wear from actions like teeth grinding and nail biting. Fillings come in gold, amalgam (silver), porcelain, and composite resin. Speak with the team at Rifkin Dental Group to discuss your options.


Silver filling (top), Tooth Colored Filling/Composite Resin (bottom)


What happens during a composite dental filling?

Placing a composite dental filling takes around an hour, depending on how many fillings you need. The entire process can usually be done during one appointment. At the start of the session, your dentist talks to you about the procedure. They might take X-rays too. Then they numb your gums and the surrounding skin to reduce feelings of discomfort.

Your dentist drills out the decay from inside your tooth. Once the decay is eliminated, it leaves a cavity — a hole — in the tooth. Your dentist packs the hole with the composite resin. Filling each tooth takes just a few minutes.

After your filling, your mouth will stay numb while the anesthetic wears off, and it may feel sensitive and tender for a day or so afterward. Be sure to keep your dentist’s contact information nearby for the next few days in case you have questions or you experience unusual side effects.

The team at Rifkin Dental Group uses high-quality materials and state-of-the-art technologies to provide comprehensive dental repair and restoration services. If you have tooth pain, they can take a closer look and advise on what steps to take.


What are the benefits of composite dental fillings?

Composite dental fillings are one of the most popular choices of filling materials. Patients choose it because of its natural toothlike appearance. Dentists prefer it because it’s versatile and readily bonds in place. They also don’t have to remove as much of the original tooth as they do when preparing amalgam (silver-colored metal) fillings.

The team at Rifkin Dental Group answers all your questions before your procedure. Find out more about the services they offer and how they can improve your dental health by calling the practice or using the online booking tool to make an appointment.


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