What are Composite Fillings (white fillings)?
Composite fillings are used to restore lost tooth structure. They are made from synthetic resin material that is bonded to the tooth structure by a chemical bond.
Experience Counts with Composite Fillings
Cosmetic Dentists who utilize dental composite fillings on a regular basis will pay close attention to the details and technical sensitivity of composite fillings.
The Difference between Composite Fillings and Amalgam “Silver” Fillings
Dr. Nugent almost always uses white filling when restoring broken or decayed teeth. In most instances white fillings have a clear advantage over silver fillings.
- Matches tooth color
- Helps conserve tooth structure
- Chemical bonds to tooth
- Not controversial due to mercury presence
- Friendly to the environment
- Good durability
- Bonds tooth together
- Does not match tooth color
- Additional tooth structure is removed to place the filling
- Ugly gray color
- Can cause cracks in teeth
- Controversial due to presence of mercury
- Environmental concerns
- Can be placed in a wet environment
When decay is very deep (under the gum tissue), amalgam can be placed when the gum tissue is bleeding. This is the only reason Dr. Nugent will use a silver filling.
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A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that has decay, fissures, fractures, or other damage. The deteriorated or damaged tooth area will be removed and replaced with a composite filling.
Composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings are the most common today. Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be carefully matched to the color of existing teeth and are more suitable for usage in front teeth or more visible regions of the teeth.
Composite fillings, like most dental restorations, are not permanent and may need to be replaced at some point. They are extremely sturdy and will last for many years, providing you with a long-lasting, gorgeous smile.
Composite fillings are used for the following reasons:
- Teeth that have been chipped.
- Closing the gap between two teeth.
- Teeth that are cracked or fractured.
- Teeth that have deteriorated.
- Teeth wear.
How do composite placed?
Composite fillings are typically installed in a one session. Dr Nugent will remove decay as needed while the tooth is numb. The area will then be completely cleaned and prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay occurred close to the nerve of the tooth, a specific drug will be used to provide additional protection. The composite filling will then be precisely inserted, contoured, and polished, restoring the shape and function of your tooth.
When composite fillings are first installed, it is typical to suffer sensitivity to hot and cold; however, this will lessen immediately once your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
At the end of your treatment, you will be given care instructions. Good oral care, eating habits, and frequent dentist appointments will help your new fillings last longer.
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