Dental composite fillings are used to close off spaces in your mouth where bacteria could make its way into your blood stream. While there they also prevent further decay from happening. Composite resin is the most commonly used material for these fillings today.
What Composite Fillings are Made Of
Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling. Research says they last for about 5 years because they're made from semi hard materials. This consists of a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and some glass – a major improvement over the mercury-containing silver amalgam that was used in the past. Sometimes acrylic resin is also used in the manufacturing of composite fillings.
Advantages to Composite Fillings
These fillings are often preferred because they match the shade of your existing teeth. This makes them much less visible, so you have a more natural-looking smile. However, it's best suited for a small filling in an area of your mouth that experiences only a moderate amount of pressure from chewing (in comparison to those areas of your mouth that handle most of your chewing).
How Composite Fillings Work
Whether you're experiencing tooth decay, a chipped or broken tooth, or a gap between your teeth, you should talk to us about getting a composite filling. The procedure is relatively easy and pain free since we will numb this area of your mouth before getting started.
We'll then remove any decay portion of your tooth before applying a substance that opens your teeth's pores so that the composite filling is able to form a stronger bond there.
We'll use a special light to harden and cure this before applying thin layers of the composite filling until a complete tooth filling is present. Once this material hardens we'll smooth and polish it so you have a comfortable fit and bite. Call us today to get this "simple" procedure taken care of soon.