Composite Fillings and Bondings
Composite filling is a cost effective plastic resin and glass mixture that is used to repair teeth with decay, cracks, fractured and disfigured teeth. It is also used in cosmetic dentistry to change the color of teeth and also reshaping of teeth.
Unlike amalgams metal mercury fillings and gold metal fillings that have different colors and properties to the existing teeth, the dental composite bonded fillings are strong, cosmetic and durable. They are also the best in dental aesthetics making them suitable for front teeth replacements. With this in mind, it is important that you first discuss with your dentist the best option for you.
When to opt for composite filling
You can choose to have composite fillings when you experience any of the following;
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked and broken teeth
- Undesirable gaps between teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Worn teeth
- Disfigured teeth
How composite fillings are placed
This is a fairly common treatment and can be done within one appointment. First the tooth will be numbed before the dentist thoroughly cleans it to remove any decay. The tooth is completely dried and isolated before the actual material is placed. The bonding agent is placed allowing the tooth and bonding material to adhere to each other. The composite is then filled in layers and hardened using a specialized light. After this, the tooth is then shaped to fit the patient’s bite and to be cosmetically identical with the rest and polished to prevent staining and wear. The dentist will then give you instructions on how to properly care for your teeth once this procedure has been finished.
Pros and Cons of Composite Fillings
The major advantage of composite fillings is aesthetics. With composites, dentists can blend the fillings’ shades to create a tooth replacement that is identical to the rest of the teeth. In fact, composites go unnoticed. They are also durable and require less maintenance.
Patients may experience limited postoperative sensitivity. This is common when taking hot or cold foods and drinks.
Although composites may be a little pricier then the older metal fillings, the procedure is worth every penny and can help you obtain the desired smile you have longed for.