Composite Fillings and Dental Health

Composite Fillings and Dental Health

Posted by Lance Robbins

Oral Health

on Apr 21 2023, 10:17 AM

Composite Fillings and Dental Health

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth, fix broken or cracked teeth, and close gaps between teeth. The benefit of a composite filling is the material can be color-matched to your teeth, making for a virtually invisible repair. At itooth, our dentist will match the color of your composite resin to the rest of your teeth, then work the composite resin into a healthy part of your tooth. Once the material has hardened, your dentist will shape it to fit the rest of your smile and ensure it is comfortable for you. This type of filling is an excellent option for patients with cosmetic concerns in addition to their dental health. After tooth decay has been removed and the area is clean, we can place a composite filling that blends in with your natural teeth.

The Procedure for Composite Fillings

Before placing the composite filling, your dentist will administer an anesthetic to numb the area. Then, they will use a unique tool to remove the decayed area of the tooth and clean it thoroughly. They will then place the filling material into the cavity and mold it into place using a special light. After the composite is in place, the dentist will polish the tooth to make it more attractive.

While composite fillings do not usually last as long as other restorations, they are generally more cost-effective than gold and other metals. They can also be bonded to the tooth more efficiently than traditional metal fillings, making them unlikely to crack or chip.

Advantages of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are an aesthetically-pleasing solution to tooth decay because they blend in so well with the color of your natural teeth. However, they aren’t recommended if your tooth has structural damage or cracks too minor for composite fillings to accommodate.

In addition to their aesthetic benefits, they are reasonable solutions for patients who want less invasive dental treatments. They don’t require as much drilling as metal fillings and don’t cause as much sensitivity after the procedure because their material is softer than metal alternatives.

By visiting the dentist regularly and maintaining proper oral hygiene habits at home, you can help prevent cavities and other damage. Your dentist can also provide individualized tips for improving dental health and avoiding common issues.

If you’re experiencing pain or sensitivity in your tooth, it may be a sign that you must see our dentist as soon as possible. For patients who need a composite filling, visit iTooth at 1427 West State Hwy J, Ozark, MO 65721, or call (417) 883 8515 to book an appointment.

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