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.
Our dentist in Globe can recommend the resin fillings to fix any of the following dental problems.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Although there is no pain during the procedure, you will experience slight pain and discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. You may also have:
Taking care of the composite fillings is crucial, and here are some tips:
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.