Composite dental fillings are used to repair teeth that have been affected by fractures, cracks, decay, etc. The decaying or affected part of the tooth will be taken out and then the remaining space will be filled in with the composite filling.
Dental fillings that are tooth colored are composite dental fillings. This type of filling provides both resistance to fractures and durability in fillings that are small to mid – sized and that need to be able to withstand the type of moderate pressure that is consistent with the stress of chewing. This type of filling may be used on back teeth or on front teeth and they are a great choice for those who want to have their fillings match their teeth.
Composite dental fillings can be more costly than the amalgam dental fillings and at times they will not be covered by certain dental insurance plans. It is also critical to remember that there is no filling that will last forever. Some studies have shown that this type of filling can actually be less durable than amalgam fillings and as such, they might need to be replaced on a more frequent basis.
Typically, it will take longer to get a composite dental filling in place than it will for a metal fitting. The reason for this is that composite fillings require that your tooth needs to be dry and clean while the dentist is filling the cavity. Fillings that are tooth colored are more popular now than gold or amalgam fittings because of the cosmetics of them. We live in a society that is extremely focused on a bright white smile and as such, people are wanting the fillings that will blend with their natural tooth color.
In truth though, the very best when it comes to dental fillings is no filling at all. Prevention is always the best medicine. If you want to dramatically decrease your chances of getting cavities or other dental diseases, all you have to do is:
- Make sure that you brush your teeth properly at least two times a day with a toothpaste that has fluoride in it
- Floss on a daily basis
- Eat a well – balanced diet
- Make sure that you see a dentist here at Beyond Smiles on a regular basis
If you are in need of a filling for one reason or another, talk to the professionals here at Beyond Smiles to see if a composite dental filling is right for you.