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Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

What Are Composite Fillings?

Composite fillings are an alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings that are used to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Composite is made from tooth-colored resin and used to restore decayed or chipped teeth. Composite resin can be used to:

  • Fill surface crack and chips.
  • Smooth edges that have deteriorated due to natural wear-and-tear.
  • Mask gaps between teeth.
  • Lighten mildly discolored teeth.
  • Fill cavities due to tooth decay.

If you experience increased sensitivity to hot and cold or have a persistent toothache, you may be a candidate for a composite filling. Schedule regular cleanings and exams with your dentist to monitor your oral health and catch tooth decay before it becomes a serious problem. Filling cavities with composite resin can prevent tooth decay from damaging neighboring teeth and contributing to gum disease.

Composite Filling Procedure

Before the composite is applied, the affected tooth is prepared by removing the decay, bacteria, and debris. A bonding agent is applied once the tooth is cleaned and exposed to ultraviolet light to harden.

The composite resin is then matched to your tooth color and applied in thin layers that are also exposed to ultraviolet light. Once the resin has hardened, it is shaped and polished and your bite is tested to ensure it is comfortable.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a superior alternative to silver fillings as they are more durable and are not temperature sensitive. Composite fillings also require less removal of your tooth structure. Because they are tooth-colored, they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. They are also a good option for patients who have metal allergies.


Disadvantages of Composite Fillings

As composite fillings are designed to look like your natural teeth, they are also prone to staining. Composite fillings are also more costly than metal fillings; however, the durability and appearance of the fillings far outweigh the cost.

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