Composite Dental Fillings

Woman at the dentist for a composite filling visit

What Are Composite Dental Fillings?

Composite fillings are an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. They’re made up of a mixture of different substances, including fine glass and plastic. This type of filling provides an alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. It is more durable than other types of dental restorations and can be used in many situations where amalgams cannot be placed.

Why Are They Better Than Amalgam Fillings?

Composite fillings cannot chip or shrink and they don’t need to be ground down, like amalgam fillings. They are mostly white in color and have a glossy finish. They are also translucent and they can mimic the appearance of natural teeth better than other kinds of fillings.

Composite fillings require some skill in placement because they have lower strength than amalgams and they must be handled carefully so that excess amount of material does not get placed into the tooth cavity. The basic procedure is much the same as with placing an amalgam filling except that composite materials do not contain mercury.

How Do I Know If I Need Them?

Dr. Nicacio can recommend whether dental fillings are needed or not after he gets an x-ray and sees the condition of your teeth. This is because, for example, if you have cavities near the roots of your teeth a composite filling may be put in those cavities to prevent infection from spreading up into the tooth root (which would require root canal therapy). If there are no cavities near the roots as well as healthy gums surrounding them then it may not be necessary. However, even with healthy-looking teeth, if they haven’t been maintained they could still develop decay which is irreversible.

Dr. Nicacio at Hermiston Dental offers affordable services that will give your teeth a healthy and beautiful look for less money than other kinds of fillings. We have been doing this for over 20 years, so you know you can trust us. Call us today to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online!

New Patient?

We love welcoming new patients & reaching as much of our community as possible. We can’t wait to provide you with our effective services and start caring for your dental health. Have any questions? Please give us a call or fill out the form below to request an appointment


550 SW 11th St, Hermiston, OR 97838


Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Lunch at HDG is from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

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Patient Testimonials

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Pamela Moyer Martin
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Doctor takes good care of my family. When grandson knocked tooth out, got us in immediately and then set up emergency dental -medical in TRI-Cities for him in hopes of saving the tooth. Quick, caring action in emergency situation. Above and beyond help. Really feel like he cares about our dental needs. We get the best.
Jassiel Carmona
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I’ve always had great experiences with Hermiston dental group. Big shoutout to Becky for always being awesome when she helps me out!! She is friendly & awesome! Nicacio is awesome as well.
Leslie Ayhens
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I generally do not like visiting the dentist, but my visit to Hermiston Dental Clinic was the best I’ve ever experienced!!. They went over and above to make sure I was comfortable and without pain. I’m definitely a lifer at Hermiston Dental !!
Kelly Barajas
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Great place with such an amazing DR & friendly staff! 😊 Every time I go for a visit, I know I’ll be walking right out with a wonderful smile thanks to them! (Literally) 😁​

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