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White Composite Fillings

Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Vienna, VA

If your child has a cavity, they don’t have to deal with silver-colored fillings any longer. Reem I. Alhussain, DDS, and Ibrahim Y. Alhussain, DMD, of Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna and Tysons, Virginia, offer white composite fillings that look natural and will blend in with their teeth. To learn more, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

White Composite Fillings

What are white composite fillings?

White composite fillings are an alternative to amalgam silver fillings. Today, they're the most popular option at Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry because they're natural- looking and blend in seamlessly to give your child a bright, unblemished smile.

How does the dentist place fillings?

When your dentist finds a cavity in your child's mouth, they'll discuss sedation and anesthesia options with you before doing any dental work. With many of her patients, Your dentist uses nitrous oxide to relax the child along with a local anesthetic to prevent pain.

Then, your dentist will remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth. After cleaning the area thoroughly, your dentist will add filling material that's matched to your child's natural tooth color.

What should I do after my child gets their new filling?

Your dentist will give you a list of recommendations after giving your child their filling. This can include:

  • Using over-the-counter children's medication as needed
  • Having your child chew on the opposite side until the next day
  • Having your child avoid eating hard or sticky foods until the next day

Your child will feel like themselves again very quickly after getting a new filling. In fact, they’ll feel even better because their cavity is gone.

Will my dental insurance cover white composite fillings?

Most dental insurance companies cover fillings, but they may not cover the full cost of your child's white composite filling because they’re more costly than ordinary silver amalgam fillings.

If you have dental insurance and need help dealing with your insurance company, Tysons West Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry will work with your insurance company to coordinate payment for your child's fillings.

How long do white composite fillings last?

White composite fillings can last for 12 years or longer, but their exact longevity will depend on how well they're cared for. White composite fillings may not last as long as silver amalgam fillings, but many patients say their ability to blend in makes up for their shorter lifespan.

If your child needs a cavity filled, book an appointment with Tysons West Orthodontics & Children's Dentistry in Vienna, Virginia, online or over the phone today.