Today, dentists and patients alike have a wide range of choices when it comes to fixing fractured or decayed teeth. Those who are looking for a natural-looking filling may find composite fillings to be a good option.

Composite resin is a mix of powdered glass and plastic so that it mimics the natural appearance of the tooth. they are used to make cosmetic improvements to the teeth, like closing gaps, repairing chips, restoring decay, changing the color and making teeth appear more even.

The dentist will prepare the resin and apply it in layers to the affected tooth. A special light hardens every layer. After the hardening process, the dentist will shape the composite so it fits the tooth. It is then smoothed and polished to prevent premature staining and wearing.

Advantages of Composite Fillings

  • Composite fillings bond to the tooth so it has greater strength, which will help prevent any breakage
  • Composite fillings require less drilling, which saves as much of the tooth structure as possible
  • Composite fillings look more pleasing aesthetically because they match the appearance and color of natural tooth
  • Composite fillings harden in a just a matter of seconds, and not days like other material options
  • Composite fillings can easily be repaired if it is damaged

Disadvantages of Composite Fillings

  • Composite fillings are more labor intensive procedure for the dentist
  • Composite fillings can make you experience some amount of tooth sensitivity for a short while after the procedure
  • Composite fillings has a tendency to wear out sooner compared to metal fillings, especially among those who do heavy chewing and grinding
  • Composite fillings can stain from prolonged or frequent exposure to tea, wine, coffee and other food and drinks that have staining properties
  • Composite fillings can degrade from prolonged or frequent exposure to drinks with high alcohol content
  • Composite fillings are more costly compared to silver fillings
  • Composite fillings may require patients to pay higher co-payments and additional cost for resin fillings

If you are wondering if composite fillings is the right choice for you, talk to a reputable dentist in your area. They should be able to explain all the different fillings options available for you and guide you in deciding what is best for your particular needs.

  • Gold fillings. With a lifespan of more than 15 years, gold fillings offer durability. They are also non-corrosive. There are patients who like the look of gold fillings better compared to silver amalgam fillings. The downside is that these can cost more than silver fillings and will require multiple visits to the dentist to get the right fit.
  • Silver amalgam fillings. Stout and sturdy, silver amalgam is the same as gold fillings, except that it has a more appealing price tag. One big disadvantage is that they are not the most aesthetically-pleasing options. Some patients might be turned off by its appearance.
  • Ceramic fillings. These fillings are usually made from porcelain. Ceramic fillings and strong and easily match the rest of the teeth, but they can cause some amount of wear and tear to the surrounding teeth. This happens if the porcelain becomes too rough.
  • Glass ionomers. Although not very common, this acrylic and glass filling is a good option for children with developing teeth because they only last an average of five years. Also, glass ionomers can release fluoride for a healthier smile.

It helps to consider your dental insurance when weighing the dental filling that best fits your needs. After all, for most patients, the cost is a big factor in their decision-making process. Ask your dentist as many questions as you can before your ultimately make the choice.

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