Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are used to repair a tooth that has experienced some type of damage, whether it be decay, a chip or something else. Once the flawed part of the tooth is removed, the composite filling is used to fill up the tooth, giving it back its original form.
Composite fillings are only one of the many filling options that are available for restorations. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, and our dentist would be the best one to discuss the different options with you. Silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings are used more than any other type of filling. Composite fillings can be very closely matched to a tooth’s existing color and are therefore more appropriate for front teeth or other visible teeth.
Composite fillings are very durable, lasting for several years, but they most likely will have to be replaced after time.
Reasons for composite fillings:
• Chipped teeth
• Closing a gap between two teeth
• Cracked or broken teeth
• Decayed teeth
• Worn teeth
Why do I need a filling?
A cavity is tooth structure that has been weakened by decay. When this decay is removed, the removed structure is replaced with a filling to protect and retain the structure of the tooth. It is called a filling because it fills the space where the decay in the tooth has been removed.
What are cosmetic or tooth-colored fillings?
When tooth decay is removed, the removed structure is replaced with a filling to protect and retain the structure of the tooth. Traditionally, dentists have used metal “amalgam” fillings for this purpose. Cosmetic fillings, also known as composite fillings or tooth-colored fillings, are a tooth-colored alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. They are made of a composite plastic resin, and they look just like natural teeth.
What are the disadvantages of amalgam fillings?
Amalgam fillings are much darker than natural tooth structure, so they stand out in sharp contrast with the color of your teeth. This is sometimes called the “metal-mouth” look. Amalgams can corrode and leak over time, potentially staining teeth. Additionally, many are now concerned over the health consequences of mercury content in amalgams.
What are the advantages of cosmetic fillings?
The most obvious advantage of the cosmetic fillings is that they are nearly invisible in your mouth. They won’t stand out as dark spots in that beautiful smile you’ve been working hard to get. Cosmetic fillings bond very tightly to your existing teeth and work extremely well for small cavities. There is obviously no danger of metal-sensitivity.
Am I a good candidate for cosmetic fillings?
Anyone who has a filling in their mouth or needs a cavity filled should certainly ask our dentists about cosmetic fillings. They are strong and durable and look almost invisible. If you want the very best for your smile, then you want to use materials that appear very natural and tooth-like. That is exactly what cosmetic fillings were designed for.
Can I have my old amalgam fillings replaced with cosmetic fillings?
It’s very likely that you can, since removing the old amalgam is usually a quick and easy procedure. We will have to examine the tooth structure under and around the old filling to see if more extensive dental work is necessary, but if not, we can give you a new cosmetic filling in the same appointment.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings can typically be done or placed in one appointment. After numbing the tooth, Dr. Balatgek will remove decay and other damaged areas. Before placing the new filling, the new space will be thoroughly cleaned. Special medication is applied to teeth that have decay near the tooth root. After this prep work, the composite filling will be placed, shaped and polished, and your tooth will once again have its original shape and function.
After first receiving a composite filling, you are likely to be sensitive to hot and cold. Once your tooth acclimates to the new filling, this sensitivity will go away.
Dr. Balatgek or our hygienist will provide you with care instructions when the procedure is finished. Keeping up good eating habits, regular dental visits and a consistent home dental routine will help extend the life of your fillings.