Composite Fillings Specialist

Nancy Rotroff DDS MAGD and Gerard Wasselle DMD

Cosmetic, Restorative, General and Implant Dentistry located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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. Plus, dentists today can match the filling to your tooth color, so there’s no more unsightly metal! For expert dental care and tooth restoration, call our doctors in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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. Our doctors 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 our doctors place a numbing gel on your teeth and gums to begin the process. Next, we inject a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the area around it.

Our doctors use a variety of techniques to remove decay, depending on its severity and location. We 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. We may also use a laser or a drill.

The next step is cleaning out the cavity where the decay existed. The doctors then apply the composite material in layers, using a special light to harden it. We then shape and trims excess composite material and polishes your brand new tooth.     

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

  • Appearance: Our doctors 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, our doctors may be able to remove less of the original tooth to eliminate the decay and fill the tooth.

Why is good dental health so important?

Dental health doesn’t just affect your teeth; it affects your entire body. Many people don’t realize that poor dental hygiene can lead to serious health complications:

  • Heart disease: Bacteria from poor oral health can move into the bloodstream and cause hardening of the arteries, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and hypertension.
  • Respiratory ailments: Bacteria in the mouth can travel to the respiratory system, causing infections such as bronchitis.
  • Blood sugar problems:  Gum disease can lead to high blood sugar levels, making diabetes more problematic
  • Pregnancy complications: Gum disease can lead to premature birth.