The American Dental Association reported that people nowadays have been taking better care of their oral health, including their teeth, which resulted in a decline in the number of dental issues such as cavities. Still, everyone is prone to such oral health issues. For one, cavities can cause extreme pain when left untreated. Such types of dental issues should be immediately addressed to prevent further damage and save your teeth. Fortunately, dental filling procedures are available in most dental facilities. The different types of dental fillings available include composite fillings, which is one of the dental services provided by Beyond Dental and Implant Center.
What Is A Composite Filling?
A composite filling, also known as composite resin, is a tooth-colored filling applied to small or medium-sized tooth gaps that helps provide durability and lessens the risk of damage due to chewing and grinding. It is a better option for patients who prefer dental fillings that look more natural, thus making their smiles natural as well. The procedure is done by eliminating the damaged portion of the teeth, then replacing it with the filling.
A composite filling is usually made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. Unlike amalgam fillings, which can darken with time, the composite filling can be made to match the natural color of the teeth. Such dental fillings are often used to cover up cavities, chipped or broken teeth, and lessen tooth gaps. It is often a recommended dental treatment for teeth that cannot be corrected by dental contouring or other corrective treatment.
How Composite Fillings Are Made
First, we will numb the teeth to be worked on, and eliminate, clean, and shape the decaying areas of the teeth. Next, an etching substance is applied to the teeth, then the composite fillings are placed on the teeth in layers and hardened using a special light. After the procedure, we will make some finishing touches by polishing the composite filling for a better fit. This is to ensure a proper bite for the patient, as well as to prevent staining and premature wear.
The composite filling will directly bond to the tooth, thus making it more durable and stronger. It can also last for years and is less expensive than gold fillings.
Pros and Cons
Composite resin is a great choice for patients who prefer a more natural looking filling as compared to gold or amalgam fillings, which can be more obvious especially when you open your mouth. The resin also bonds with the actual tooth, which helps prevent and protect from further damage due to chewing or grinding.
On the downside, a patient may experience tooth sensitivity, especially in the specific area that has been worked on. The color of the resin may also change, especially if you are fond of drinking staining beverages such as coffee or tea. Composite is also not effective and durable for filling up large cavities, unlike gold and silver fillings.
Beyond Dental and Implant Center caters to all your oral health needs! To learn more about the best options for your teeth issues, give us a call at (972) 591-7520 or visit us at Beyond Dental and Implant Center for more details!