What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a type of dental filling that is made of composite resin. This type of resin is a mixture of plastic and glass particles. Composite fillings are used to fill cavities in teeth. They are often referred to as white fillings, or tooth-colored fillings because the composite resin used to make them is available in a variety of shades that can match the color of your teeth.
Composite fillings are strong and durable and can last for many years. They are also less likely to cause tooth decay than traditional silver fillings. Composite fillings are more expensive than silver fillings, but they may be a better option for people who have a sensitivity to metals.
Options Available For Tooth Restoration
A couple of decades ago amalgam fillings were the only tooth fillings offered to people. Most people refer to amalgam fillings as the silver fillings in their mouths. Nowadays we bond our fillings to teeth with a tooth-colored material called composite, which is bonded on. Our office offers only tooth-colored fillings so that you get a more aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking result.
Replacing Old Silver Fillings
If you notice any grey discoloration along with a tooth or a tooth that appears darker than the rest it may be because of a silver filling. If you needed to replace these for aesthetics or because they’re failing, the procedure is pretty easy. Most procedures for composite fillings take less than 30 minutes. We use a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, we remove the decay and apply the bonding agent. We use a special light for the material to set and then shape, smooth, and polish your restoration.
Composite (tooth-colored) fillings can be done to correct small chips/fractures. It is just bonded onto the affected areas on these teeth. Most commonly, composite fillings are also used to fill the space after a cavity is removed.
Many people over time develop areas where the enamel has worn away at the gum line, and are stuck with an unpleasing look. Areas that are worn, depending on size, are also common areas where colored fillings are placed.
Are Composite fillings better than silver fillings?
When comparing composite fillings to silver fillings, composite fillings are the better option. Composite fillings are stronger and more durable than silver fillings, and they are less likely to cause tooth decay. Composite fillings are more expensive than silver fillings but they provide a better aesthetic result. If you have a sensitivity to metals, composite fillings are the best option for you.
Am I a candidate for tooth-colored fillings?
When determining whether or not you are a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings your doctor will consider the following:
- the amount and location of the tooth decay
- your overall health
- and your dental history.
If you have a lot of tooth decay or if the decay is in a difficult-to-reach area, you may not be a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings. If you are healthy and have a minimal amount of tooth decay, you are likely a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings. If you have a history of allergies to dental materials, you may not be a good candidate for tooth-colored fillings. Finding the best dental filling in Boca Raton is easy when you have Bright Horizons Dental by your side! Our highly qualified and ethical team of dentists is committed to offering the most vital results in the shortest span of time.