A dental filling is a restorative procedure used to repair a decayed tooth. The procedure involves removing the decayed portion of the tooth and then replacing it with a material such as composite resin. Composite dental fillings are tooth-colored and are used to restore decayed teeth. Composite fillings offer several benefits over traditional metal fillings. Here are some of them:
When you have tooth decay, the dentist will use a composite filling to repair and preserve your tooth. Unlike other procedures, composite fillings require only one appointment. The procedure is minimally invasive and can be completed in a short amount of time with little discomfort for the patient. Additionally, the filling is tooth-colored and blends seamlessly with your natural teeth. Without even noticing it, the filling will be practically invisible in your mouth. This restores not only the appearance of your smile but also your oral health.
With composite fillings, less of your tooth’s structure is affected for placement than amalgam fillings are. They are also more likely to last longer than amalgam.
Additionally, a composite filling bonds to your tooth more effectively than its silver counterpart does. This improves your chances of keeping more of your natural tooth intact. This is important because the more enamel you have on your teeth, the less sensitive they will be to changes in temperature.
It’s also important to note that both the placement of a composite filling and the removal of an amalgam one involves the use of a tooth-colored material instead of metal. Because of this, the application of either type of filling doesn’t stand out or leave a visible mark on your smile the way a silver filling in would.
Composite resin fillings are, therefore, a great option for filling cavities and replacing old, unsightly metal amalgam fillings. The composite resin material is the same color as your tooth enamel, so no one will even be able to tell you have had a cavity filled! Plus, the material itself is stain resistant, meaning you won’t have to worry about staining around your new tooth-colored filling like you might with a silver amalgam filling.
With composite fillings, you can restore your teeth to their natural luster and shape. Since resin can be molded and colored to match your smile, your restoration will be virtually invisible when you laugh or speak.
Although they are tooth-colored, composite fillings are not stain-resistant. That means you can still develop cavities in the areas where the fillings were placed. But overall, composite fillings can significantly improve the look of your smile.
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