A composite filling is a dental restoration that is made of tooth-colored materials. It can repair damage in the cavity left by decay or fill the space after a decayed tooth has been removed. Composite fillings are usually made from two different types of combined materials: acrylic resin and glass ionomer cement. The resin provides strength and helps prevent cracks from forming, while the other ingredient offers durability for chewing on hard foods. Some people are allergic to one or both ingredients found in composite fillings, so they should talk with their dentist about their options before deciding what treatment would work best for them.
The Advantages of Composite Fillings over Traditional Amalgam (Metal) Fillings
Composite fillings are made up of a resin or ceramic material, which is combined with glass particles. The material contains various chemicals that make it harden when exposed to light (photo-polymerization). We can mix composite materials into many different shades and colors, closely resembling natural tooth enamel in color and translucency. Composite fillings are used to replace older mercury-based amalgam (metal) fillings.
A composite dental filling can be a good option for you if:
A composite dental filling is a great choice if your tooth has either small cavities or cracks, and these cannot be repaired with other methods such as root canal therapy. Composite fillings are also good for teeth that have had metal amalgam (metal) fillings removed because we can match them to your natural tooth enamel color. A composite dental filling is not suitable if you need a large filling or require extensive restoration work on multiple teeth. It does not last as long as other materials such as porcelain inlays.
Who Can Benefit From Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are ideal for people with multiple tooth decay issues, as we can match them to the color of your existing teeth. They have a high strength-to-weight ratio and can withstand chewing forces that larger amalgam (metal) fillings cannot, making them good if you consume hard foods frequently. They are also a good choice for people with allergies to metal, as they are mercury-free.
It's clear that there are many benefits to composite dental fillings, so if you or someone in your family needs a new filling soon, it may be worth considering this option. If you need help deciding whether these treatments will work for you, call us today on (number).
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