Benefits of the composite resin filling procedure
For decades, silver amalgam fillings were the only option for cavities. These fillings were not only unsightly within the smile, but they also posed a risk for further damage to the tooth. Luckily, dental technology has advanced a long way, and now there is a much more attractive alternative that’s affordable. Composite resin fillings are a conservative and cosmetically appealing way to repair damage caused by tooth decay. At James M. Moran, DDS in Fallbrook, California, we believe in the many benefits of composite fillings.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are a mixture of plastic and powdered glass that can be color-matched to your existing tooth enamel for a seamless fix for cavities. The composite material gives the tooth a natural look and can also be used to correct other issues such as chipped teeth and gaps between the teeth.
The composite filling procedure
The procedure for composite fillings is quick and straight-forward. The first step is for the dentist to isolate the tooth to keep it dry from saliva. Next, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the composite material is applied in layers to fill in the tooth. Each layer is hardened immediately with a special light. The last step is to shape the tooth to ensure the bite is correct, so you leave the office with a restoration that feels natural.
Benefits of composite fillings
- Less drilling – Composite fillings require less drilling than amalgam fillings. Because less of the natural tooth structure is removed, composite fillings also preserve more of the natural tooth structure’s strength.
- Hardens quickly – The special light used to harden the layers of composite works immediately.
- More durable – Composite resin bonds directly to the existing tooth, making the filling more long-lasting than alternatives.
- Less sensitivity – The composite material acts as a shield against the hot and cold temperatures of foods and beverages we consume, equating to less sensitivity over time.
- Versatile – In addition to filling teeth, composite can be used to make other cosmetic repairs such as fixing chipped teeth, gaps, or discoloration.
Call your Fallbrook, CA dentist today to learn more
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