Examining Composite Fillings in Restoration Dentistry
Composite fillings have become one of the most common types of fillings used in restorative dentistry. This is due to their exceptional appearance and function. They are a composite of a durable plastic resin and a glass or glass ceramic filler. Composite fillings tooth colored, can match the shape of your teeth, and are very strong. They can be utilized to help repair a number of dental concerns. Below, we’ll discuss some of the benefits of composite fillings as well as what to expect if you’re receiving them for the first time.
Why Would I Need Composite Fillings
- Decay: Used to fill a cavity left behind by decay or infection
- Accident: If your tooth has become chipped or cracked
- Wear: Damage due to age, use, or grinding
- Spaces: Fillings can help fill in spaces and gaps between teeth
- Replacement: Older filling may need to be replaced or upgraded
Composite vs Metal
Composite fillings have multiple benefits over the material used to make metal fillings. Metal fillings tend to be made of an amalgam of various types of metal, such as mercury, copper, silver, gold, and more. Not only do composite fillings keep potentially harmful metals out of your body and out of the environment, they will not corrode as some metal fillings have been known to do. Additionally, these fillings do not change size due to temperature changes (potentially damaging surrounding teeth) as some metal fillings can. When receiving a metal filling, the tooth requires more preparation than with the simpler composite material.
What to Expect
Composite fillings can usually be fit in a single visit and usually takes about an hour. The area is typically numbed and any decay or damage is removed. After the area is thoroughly treated , the composite will be securely bonded into place. It will then be shaped, smoothed, and polished so that it blends to the rest of your tooth.
Composite fillings can last you up to 10 years. Keeping up good oral hygiene and dietary habits will help extend the life of your dental work. Talk to your dentist about the best ways to keep your fillings healthy or if you think composite fillings are a good option for you.
These fillings are safe, strong, and attractive. With no health risks involved with the procedure and so many benefits, it’s easy to understand why composite fillings are one of the most common fillings used in dentistry today.
If you are interested in learning more about fillings and how they may help you, please call our dental experts at 561-495-2099 or visit our contact page for more information.