The acidic substances discharged by the plaque and tartar in the mouth erode the tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. If left unattended, tooth decay may worsen and ultimately lead to cavities and root canal infection. Getting cavities treated at the earliest is the best way to keep them from becoming severe.
What is a Composite Filling?
A composite filling is widely used to restore a tooth affected by decay or cracks and is the best treatment for a cavity. The decayed part of the tooth is removed and filled with a composite filling. Composite resin material comprises multiple components, such as fine glass and plastic, and offers the finest alternative for traditional amalgam fillings.
They are customized to match the shade of your teeth, giving a natural look to them. Tooth-colored fillings are more aesthetically suited for the easily visible areas of the mouth, like front teeth. They are durable and last for 5 to 10 years, giving you a long-lasting and pleasing smile.
Factors Affecting the Longevity of a Composite Filling
Various factors that usually impact the lifespan of a composite filling include:
- The location of the filling
- The size of the filling
- Your food habits
- Your oral hygiene habits
Dental techniques used while placing your composite fillings
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Various reasons for making the switch from amalgam to composite resin fillings include:
- Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored. They appear just like natural enamel and are aesthetically pleasing.
- Composite fillings do not contract and expand like metal fillings, and hence the tooth in need of a filling and surrounding areas do not experience any damage.
- The composite resin filling procedure can be done faster and is completed in just a few minutes. It helps save time for the patient and dentist as well.
- After placing a composite filling, there are no restrictions for food consumption, and patients can eat anything they wish.
- Composite resin fillings are completely free from mercury, which can otherwise result in numerous health problems.
How are Composite Fillings Placed?
The composite fillings procedure is fast and can be done in just one appointment with the dentist. The dentist first numbs the tooth and removes the decay from it. Next, the cavity is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the new composite filling. The filling is then carefully placed at the prepared place, and further, the restoration is shaped and polished. This helps in restoring the tooth to its original shape and function.
Optimum oral hygiene and healthy eating habits of the patient will aid in the long life of composite fillings.
Please reach out to our dental practice in Houston, TX, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Seretti. Please call us at (281) 486-9440 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.