Composite Restorations

Cavities are one of the most common problems in dentistry and therefore, fillings are one of the most common restorative needs of our patients.  It is our goal to restore these cavities with minimal preparation and with maximum aesthetics.  Composite restorations can give you the confidence to smile without worrying about dark areas showing!

 

What are composite restorations?tooth colored fillings

Composite restorations are a white, tooth color filling material utilized to match the natural aesthetics of your adjacent teeth.  These high quality, durable restorations have taken the place of older style amalgam (silver) fillings.  Unlike the silver fillings, composite restorations can restore teeth to their original look and function while maintaining superior strength.  Dr. Fiorentini will shade match all composites so that the restoration looks just like a natural part of the tooth.

 

Advantages of Composite vs. Amalgam

  • Aesthetic: We can match the shade of your natural tooth
  • Less Drilling: Bonds to the tooth so less natural tooth structure needs to be removed to restore
  • Can be repaired if damaged
  • Bonds to the tooth to give it additional strength
  • Hardens in seconds instead of days

 

How Composites are Used?

Composites are not only used to restore decayed teeth, but they can also be used to repair chipped teeth, restore brighter color to stained teeth, and restore the biting surfaces of teeth that have been worn down.  Unlike with amalgam, composite restorations bond directly to your tooth to provide strength to the restoration while minimizing the amount of tooth structure that needs to be prepared for the restoration.

 

How is a composite placed?

There's no need to keep using silver fillings when there is a better option.  Composite restorations are very common and can be done in a single visit to the dentist.  After Dr. Fiorentini has removed the decay from the tooth, the preparation is refined.  There is then a few step process of etching the tooth to provide a surface on which to bond, applying a bonding agent, and then placing the composite.  Dr. Fiorentini will then shape the composite to provide ideal anatomy and ensure proper chewing ability.  The restoration is finally polished until it is indistinguishable from your natural tooth structure.

In some instances, no anesthesia is needed as composite bonding requires minimal preparation of the tooth!

 

Composite Restorations are perfect for:

  • Chipped front teeth
  • Exposed root surfaces
  • Cavities in the aesthetic zone
  • Replacing silver fillings

 

Do I need a composite?

Everybody has naturally occurring bacteria in their mouth.  This bacteria, when combined with saliva and food remnants, create a substance called plaque.  This plaque sticks to the tooth surfaces, getting wedged between the teeth and up against the gum line.  When the mouth has an acidic pH, the plaque begins to weaken the outer enamel of the tooth.

Once the outer enamel layer is broken through, the bacteria begins to attack the inner dentin layer.  At this point, the tooth has a cavity.  The cavity can spread quickly once into the dentin and therefore must be addressed in a timely manner before the nerve becomes affected.

If you begin to feel extra sensitivity to sweets or cold, you may have a cavity and you may require a composite restoration to remove the decay and restore the tooth to health and function.

 

Post-operative sensitivity

After receiving a filling patients may experience temporary hypersensitivity in the area, especially to extreme temperatures.  Depending on how close the cavity was to the nerve of the tooth, the tooth may become irritated.  This is only a temporary sensation and will subside with time.  Chewing on the opposite side, proper oral hygiene, and over the counter pain management is recommended if you experience these symptoms.

 

Mercury free and minimally invasive

Composite restorations match the shade of your natural tooth and are mercury free.  If cared for properly, they can last ten years or even longer!  Composite bonds directly to your tooth, giving additional strength while decreasing the amount of tooth structure needed to be prepared.

Dr. Fiorentini is able to maximize the amount of healthy tooth structure and maximize aesthetics with composite restorations.  His skilled techniques allow him to restore your smile for a look that will turn heads!

 

Call Our Office Today to Learn More about Composite Restorations!

(732) 545-1023

 

I have been going to Dr. Fiorintini for over 30 years. He rebuilt my front teeth after a bike accident so close to my original teeth that I was able to continue pursuing my musical career. Both of my children have special needs, and the ENTIRE staff of Fiorintini Family Dentistry are welcoming, caring, patient, and most of all understanding. They go the extra mile to make my sons comfortable - even if it means taking more time to get their procedure completed. Simply the best, you will not find better.
Erin-Leigh Van Orden
Erin-Leigh Van Orden
2018-04-29T02:18:58+0000
I have been coming here my whole life and I can truly say all the staff and Doctors are amazing. This is the only place I will go for cleanings and dental work. Highly recommend.
Nicole Alexandra
Nicole Alexandra
2018-04-13T13:08:16+0000
Great staff always thinking about the patient first. Extremely helpful with any questions. I just finished up my Invisalign with Dr.Mario and couldn’t be happier.
Mike Cia
Mike Cia
2018-03-20T15:17:03+0000
I cannot begin to express how sensitive my teeth and gums were and how much I hated dreaded going to the dentist even though my past dentists and hygienists were always very nice. The change to try Dr. Mario is one of the best things I ever did! I never ever feel pain during my cleanings anymore at all and I had root canal’s done , crowns etc. without any discomfort. I also had emergency situations where they squeezed me right in. Also everyone in their office is wonderful in every way ... not just professionally pleasant - genuinely nice cool enjoyable to see !! Combine that with the ease I feel in such safety in their care and Both drs Mario are up-to-date and state of the art in every way as well. Win win win. Thank you fiorentini dental family !!
Alison Ruby Foley
Alison Ruby Foley
2017-10-27T14:35:04+0000
The Doctor's Fiorentini are the most professional, patient, and caring dentist's I have ever been to. They treat their patients with kindness and are very knowledgeable, and are the best at what they do. They have two state of the art offices and I will never go to another dentist. I would highly recommend them to anyone in need of a dentist!!
Cheryl Shaw
Cheryl Shaw
2017-01-31T00:20:33+0000
Dr Mario was wonderfully patient with my extremely apprehensive daughter, providing excellent care, and compassion for her fear. He took the time to ensure she had a positive and pain free experience. Highly recommend.
Robin Kimball Alfonso
Robin Kimball Alfonso
2017-01-24T19:21:35+0000
Love them! Great for the "less than enthusiastic " patients like me.
Krista Ledford Gigliotti
Krista Ledford Gigliotti
2016-11-21T23:54:00+0000
DR MARIO IS MY SAVIOR. I MET HIM AT A HEALTH FAIR AND FROM THE START I KNEW I COULD BELIEVE AND TRUST IN HIM. I AM SO GLAD TO HAVE MET AND HAVE HIM AS MY DENTIST. I HAVE NEW TEETH AND DR MARIO AND HIS DAD AND THE ENTIRE STAFF WERE SO GOOD AND HELPFUL. I ENJOYED VISITNG IMAGINE LIKING TO GO TO THE DENTIST. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT JOB I HAD DONE AND COMPLETED SO PROFESSIONALY. YOU ARE THE BEST.
Joann Marino
Joann Marino
2016-10-13T09:58:19+0000
Dr Fiorentini is so caring and an excellent dentist. He has been there for me every time I have had a problem and I so appreciate that. The personnel are also friendly and professional and keep a well run office.
Alice O'Connor Donahoe
Alice O'Connor Donahoe
2016-04-25T18:43:33+0000
Best dentists ever! Always helpful! Very accommodating! I always leave with a smile!
Regina Smoler
Regina Smoler
2016-03-06T12:23:14+0000
Excellent Doctors, fabulous staff...always ready to listen to and address every concern.
Diane Petroski
Diane Petroski
2016-01-07T22:50:46+0000
Love our family dentist! Been going here over 20 years! Go to Highland Park and today had pleasure of visiting their new Monroe office! Great office, great personnel and as always.... Great service!
Toni Careccia Lorenc
Toni Careccia Lorenc
2015-12-30T20:21:42+0000
I've been seeing Dr. Fiorentini for almost 20 years! Now his son, Dr. Mario, is on board too. Awesome family with a wonderful, friendly crew. I'm so happy they now have an office in Monroe 😀
Toni Kerschner McGovern
Toni Kerschner McGovern
2015-10-08T18:11:09+0000