In the past, cavities were filled with silver amalgam that was very noticeable. Now dentists can use tooth-colored composite fillings, made of a mixture of plastic and glass, which provide many benefits.
Teeth are more attractive. Your dentist can blend the composite to match the color of your natural teeth. Then your fillings will blend in instead of standing out. Your smile will be more attractive and healthy-looking.
Teeth are stronger. Amalgam expands and contracts when exposed to heat which can cause cracking. Composite fillings bond to your teeth and support the structure. That prevents your teeth from breaking and chipping when chewing. Composite can also be used to reshape teeth that have been chipped or cracked.
Teeth are protected. When amalgam fillings are used, a lot of the tooth structure must be grinded down. However, with composite fillings you are able to keep more of your original tooth structure because the dentist only needs to remove the diseased part of the tooth. The composite resin also insulates your teeth from extreme temperatures which can make your teeth sensitive.
Uses for Composite Fillings
There are many reasons to use composite fillings. These reasons include:
- Removing gaps between teeth
- Repairing chipped, crack, or broken teeth
- Filling cavities
- Strengthening worn out teeth
Composite fillings can usually be applied in one visit. The dentist not to be confused with a TMJ Specialist which is not a recognized specialty will numb your tooth and then remove the decayed area. After cleaning the tooth thoroughly to prevent infection, the dentist will place your new filling, shape, and polish it.
Take care of your teeth and see the dentist regularly. It will make a difference in the life of your composite filling. In addition, it will prevent future cavities.