Composite Fillings

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Excellence in Dentistry

Cosmetic and General Dentistry serving Fort Lauderdale and Lauderdale by the Sea

Most people develop at least one cavity during their lifetime. Getting a filling today is vastly different from years past. Modern technology has made it a pain-free experience. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD, and Gerard Wasselle, DMD, providing Excellence in Dentistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offer composite fillings and can match the filling to your tooth color, so there’s no more unsightly metal. For expert dental care and tooth restoration, call the office to book an appointment today.

Composite Fillings Q & A



What happens if I need to get a cavity filled?

Filling a cavity is a safe and painless procedure with today’s modern dental tools and technology. Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle take the decayed material out of your tooth and then place new composite material in the space. If you grind your teeth, you may also need a filling in the area of the tooth that is worn down.

First, a numbing gel is placed on your gums. Next, a local anesthetic is injected to numb the tooth and area around it.

Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle use a variety of techniques to remove decay, depending on its severity and location. Our doctors may use an air abrasion instrument; in this method, compressed air shooting small bits of silica removes debris and decay, which is then suctioned out of the tooth. They may also use a laser or a drill.

The next step is cleaning out the cavity where the decay existed. Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle then apply the composite material in layers, using a special light to harden it. They then shape and trim excess composite material and polish your brand new tooth.     

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

There are several advantages of composite fillings:

  • Appearance: Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle can match the color of composite fillings to your teeth. They’re great for all your teeth, but especially those that are more visible when you smile. 
  • Bonding: Composite fillings become part of your existing tooth; they bond to the tooth, making it strong. 
  • Multi-tasking: Composite fillings also repair the resulting chips and cracks which are part of normal wear and tear on your teeth.
  • Less invasive: With composites, Dr. Rotroff and Dr. Wasselle may be able to remove less of the original tooth to eliminate the decay and fill the tooth.


To see if a composite filling is right for you, call our office to schedule an appointment today!