What is a Composite Filling?

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What is a Composite Filling?

We all love natural-looking smiles, composite fillings have the ability to give you just the same. Our teeth undergo constant pressure from chewing and grinding, and this can cause the tooth to crack, fracture or decay.  Your dentist may recommend you to choose composite fillings, because, these tooth coloured fillings can be used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks and fractures.

The tooth coloured (Composite) fillings have become increasingly popular due to its ability to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. This filling can be used either on the front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Why Choose Composite Fillings?

There are many types of tooth fillings. Most fillings used today are made of either gold, amalgam, composite, or porcelain. Composite fillings provide excellent durability and resistance to fractures. They are less expensive than gold fillings and do not expand and contract like amalgam fillings. Moreover, the natural colouring of composite makes it the preferred material for fillings among our patients. They are more aesthetically used in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

Chipped teeth- Before and after treatment

Your doctor may recommend Composite Filling if you have either of the following conditions.

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

A composite tooth filling is made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. It’s perfect as a small filling, and best suited for teeth that experience a moderate amount of pressure when chewing, compared to teeth that handle the bulk of your chewing action.

How are composite fillings done?

Composite fillings can be done at one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  Space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.  If the decay is near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection.  The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

Dental composite filling- Teeth before and after treatment

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however, this will subside shortly after your tooth adjusts to the new filling. Although, it is preferred due to its natural colour composite filling don’t always last as long as other options.

 

Your dentist will give you instructions for aftercare when the treatment is over.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

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