Facts About Composite Fillings

Aug 01, 2020

The enamel is durable but has its limitation. However, because of poor dental hygiene and bacterial attacks, the enamel can become soft and weak, and may develop holes or worse still decay. If you have a moderate dental cavity, the dentist may use a dental filling to restore the teeth strength and function.

We have different types of dental fillings, such as amalgam, silver, gold, and porcelain. However, the most preferred option for moderate cavities is the composite fillings.

Composite fillings are curved from a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass. These materials resemble your natural teeth color.

The fillings are applied on either the back or front teeth. They are, however, more suitable for teeth that receive mild to moderate chewing pressure like the front teeth.

The composite fillings are more expensive than the amalgam types but are less durable because they are prone to wear and tear. Plus, it takes longer to fix these composite resin fillings than the metal ones. In this post, we list four facts about dental fillings.

1. Composite Fillings Can Fix a Few Dental Imperfections

Our dentist in Globe can recommend the resin fillings to fix any of the following dental problems.

  • Dental cavities

Cavities are caused by poor dental hygiene. Two factors—bacteria and a high-sugar diet affect the teeth causing the enamel to weaken. When the bacteria and carbohydrates combine, they produce an acid solution that attacks the enamel making it prone to developing cavities. If you have moderate dental cavities, the dentist may use composite fillings to stop the spread of infection and restore the teeth’ strength and function.

  • Tooth discoloration

Our lifestyle, diet, age, and habits such as smoking may cause the teeth to discolor and lose their natural off-white shade. At times they may develop dark stains. We usually recommend the professional teeth whitening treatment for moderate discoloration. However, if you have severe brown stains on the teeth, our dentist in Glob, AZ, will recommend composite fillings.

  • Cracked and chipped teeth

Cracks and chips can trap tiny food particles, which promote bacterial growth. The composite fillings can fix these cracks, restore the size, strength, and function of the teeth.

2. The Fillings Application Process is non-invasive and Fast

The process of fixing the composite filling is longer than the rest of the fillings types and might last for about an hour. The process involves a few steps:

  • Examination and assessment. The dentist will use an x-ray to check the location of the affected teeth and the severity of the decay (how advanced is it?).
  • The numbing of the gums using local anesthesia reduces discomfort.
  • Removing of the decay. The dentist will use either a drill, laser, or an air abrasion treatment to remove the decay. The choice of dental materials used will depend on your level of comfort.
  • Preparation for a filling. The dentist will clean the space and prepare it for a composite filling.
  • Finally, the fillings are polished

3. There are Risks Involved

Although there is no pain during the procedure, you will experience slight pain and discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. You may also have:

  • Tooth sensitivity develops immediately after the composite is filled. But, the discomfort will last for a few days, so there’s no need for medication. However, if the sensitivity doesn’t subside after three days, call our dentist for assessment and treatment.
  • Worn down composite fillings. Since the composite fillings are not durable, the composite filling may wear out because of the constant chewing.
  • Infection can develop if the fillings begin to pull away from the teeth.

4.After Care Is Important

Taking care of the composite fillings is crucial, and here are some tips:

  • Avoid overconsumption of coffee, tea, red wine which can stain the fillings
  • Do not eat a few hours after the procedure or until the anesthesia wears off to avoid bruising the gums.
  • Clean your teeth, floss, and use a mouth rinse every day
  • Use fluoride toothpaste and get fluoride treatment to strengthen the teeth and prevent decay.

Schedule an Appointment

Tooth holes are not only painful but can affect your dental health. Luckily, with composite fillings, the dentist can remove the decay and restore the teeth’s function. Visit Copper Vista Dental Care.

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