Composite resin fillings have become one of the most popular choices for fixing damage resulting from cavities and tooth decay. They are an attractive option mainly because the resin filling closely matches the natural appearance of our teeth. This means that they are perfectly suitable for filling in cavities that occur in both the front and back teeth. Another benefit of using composite resin fillings is that they do not contain mercury, which often is the cause of long-term health problems because of the gas that gets released from this chemical over time.
Composite resin fillings are made from a combination of plastic and powdered glass. They can enhance the appearance of your smile by fixing discoloration, mending teeth that have decayed, repairing chipped teeth, closing the gaps between your teeth, and making your teeth appear more even.
How are the Composite Fillings applied?
The process for a composite filling begins by numbing the area with an anesthetic. The decayed portion of the tooth is extracted after your mouth becomes numb. Once the decay has been removed, the dentist methodically cleans the tooth to remove all bacteria before filling it. Lastly, the tooth is filled with dental composite material. The filling shields the tooth, thus preventing any further decay to the remaining enamel. The dental filling helps build the tooth back up so that you can go back to your daily routine, including eating your favorite foods. No one will notice that you have had a filling because the composite matches your tooth enamel flawlessly.
What are the key benefits of Composite Fillings?
- One of the many benefits of composite resin filling is that it requires less tooth removal during its application. After the filling has bonded to the natural tooth, it results in a much stronger overall tooth.
- Another chief benefit of composite resin fillings is that they bond to your natural tooth. Composite resin fillings usually come in two types, inlays and onlays. They are fabricated in dental labs, and once they are returned to the dental clinic, the tooth will be shaped, and a bonding agent will be applied to the tooth. The filling is then hardened and cemented to the natural tooth, which helps provide additional strength.
- After the filling is attached to your tooth, a special light is placed in your mouth and positioned over the filling. This greatly helps reduce the time required for the bonding agent to harden. Typically, the filling is completely cured and hardened in less than a minute.
- Composite resins are also helpful in repairing chips and cracks in your teeth. The rapid bonding, durable, and tooth-colored composite resin fillings make them perfect for repairing chips and cracks in noticeable teeth.
- Composite resins result in more minor instances of tooth sensitivity when compared to amalgam fillings. This is mainly because of the reason that the resin helps shield the tooth against hot and cold temperatures. Nevertheless, it is essential to note that there may be some mild tooth sensitivity immediately following the insertion of the filling.
- The composite fillings can be fixed once they start to degrade. This means that if there is damage in the structure of the filling or the filling is accidentally damaged due to excessive chewing or teeth grinding, the dentist can clean the area and repair the filling.
Call us at Wayne H Mori Dental or schedule an online appointment to know more about Composite Fillings.