Composite fillings are also known as tooth-colored fillings, and they are used to fix small cavities and minor tooth decay. Composite fillings are created from a mixture of plastic and glass materials. These fillings provide a natural-looking alternative to amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings are bonded to your tooth, and they can be adjusted for shape and polished.
Are Composite Tooth-colored Fillings Right for Me?
Tooth-colored fillings are a good choice for patients who have small cavities and don’t want to put a big filling on the side of their tooth. Composite resin is also an option for people who want to replace older silver fillings.
These fillings can be used to replace older metal fillings. They are also a good option for patients who have allergies or sensitivities to metals or chemicals.
What Involves in the Tooth-colored Filling Procedure?
Tooth-colored fillings typically mostly require only one visit. During the first visit, we will remove the decay from your tooth and prepare it for the filling. We will use a bonding agent to adhere the filling to your tooth. Then, we will carefully shape and polish the filling so it will blend seamlessly with your smile.
What Are the Benefits Of Composite Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Composite tooth-colored fillings have various benefits, such as:
- The dentist will choose a composite resin color that matches your tooth color. Tooth-colored fillings require less removal of the tooth structure than amalgam fillings. That means less of your natural tooth structure is removed, leaving more of the structure intact.
- Composite fillings also tend to last longer because they are bonded to the tooth’s structure. Resin composite fillings help to prevent decay because they seal off cracks in teeth. Resin also insulates teeth against temperature changes.
- Composite fillings are made from a mixture of plastic and glass particles. They do not contain mercury, a metal that is highly toxic. Patients can enjoy a mercury-free procedure when they choose composites.
- The composite material used for tooth-colored fillings does not expand and contract with temperature changes. So if you’re sensitive to hot or cold, tooth-colored fillings will be a good choice.
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