There will come a time when most people will need to have a filling. When a cavity happens, those that have never had a filling may not know their options, or may think that a filling is something unsightly, but this is when you may very likely need composite fillings.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite-fillings used to repair a tooth that has been affected by cracks or decay. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed and filled with a composite filling. A composite filling is made of a plastic material. The design of a composite filling is meant to match the color of your tooth. This means that the filling will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
When Would You Need Composite Fillings?
There are many reasons for having composite fillings. You may have cracked or broken teeth or your teeth have decayed over time. There may very well be aesthetic issues, such as chipped teeth or worn teeth. You may also need composite fillings to close the space between two teeth.
What Are the Benefits?
There are numerous benefits to having composite fillings:
- As the color of composite filling is created to match the shade of your tooth, this is great for individuals who feel self-conscious or are concerned that the filling will show too much. For people who have had metal fillings in the past, this is a major advantage. Having any filling that doesn’t match the rest of your teeth can make anybody feel self-conscious.
- Using composite filling to fill the tooth as a bonding is a great way to make a weak tooth stronger. As a tooth with a cavity is weaker than an otherwise healthy tooth, so using this composite filling means that you can prevent further damage.
- They are less invasive than metal fillings. Metal fillings require tooth enamel being removed and potentially, quite a bit of drilling. Having composite fillings can mean an easier and simpler tooth preparation process. And for those individuals who are not so good in the dentist’s chair, this can make the entire process less stressful.
What Is the Process?
The process of putting composite fillings into a patient’s mouth is usually done over the course of one appointment. The tooth is numbed by the dentist and they will remove decay if it is necessary. The space is cleaned and prepared ready for the new filling. If the decay occurred near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for extra protection. The composite filling is placed into the tooth, shaped, polished, and refined until it looks like your original tooth.
The process of having fillings is something we’ve all got to undergo. And if you’ve made it this far without needing a filling and you are keen to avoid metal fillings, composite fillings are a great option. Here at Brite Smiles Dentistry, we provide composite fillings for the residents of Flower Found, Texas and can help them to restore the look of their original teeth while also giving them the protection they need.
When considering tooth fillings, one of the options available are composite fillings which are made from durable plastics that are similar in color to natural teeth. Because the composite fillings are tooth-colored, they look more natural and are less noticeable compared to other types of fillings.
Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they are compatible with sealants allowing your dentist to perform both procedures in a single sitting preventing further decay. There are other advantages to composite, tooth-colored fillings, most importantly the capability of bonding to tooth structure. Also in many cases they can be repaired by addition of more composite material.
Speak with one of our doctors at Brite Smiles Dentistry to find out which kind of filling is best for you.