Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings used to fill cavities and cover minor cracks on teeth. In certain cases, they can be used to change the shape and color of teeth as well. They are extensively being used by dentists for various procedures nowadays and have replaced metal (amalgam) fillings.
Are composite fillings better than amalgam fillings?
- Composite filings are better than metal fillings on many levels. Here are some of the reasons why they are the most preferred filling material.
- Composite fillings are aesthetically pleasing as they closely mimic the appearance of the teeth. Amalgam fillings show a metallic appearance, which could appear as dark patches on the teeth.
- At high and low temperatures, metal fillings could expand and contract in size. This could cause the tooth to crack. However, such an issue isn’t there when it comes to composite fillings.
- Metal fillings can be toxic as there are chances of them coming in contact with the pulp in the root canal cavity, which could lead to infections. Composite fillings do not pose such dangers.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings can be applied just like traditional fillings. The tooth is prepared before the filling is placed. For this, it is thoroughly cleaned and the decay will be removed from the cavity. To ensure maximum comfort during the procedure, the tooth and the surrounding region would be numbed using local anaesthesia.
The composite will be applied to the cavity in several layers. Since the filling material used is photovoltaic, a curing light will be used to harden it. Before it is hardened, it will be meticulously shaped according the contour of the tooth. Finally, it will be polished and made to match the color and texture of the tooth.
Why should you choose composite fillings?
- Since composite fillings are tooth-colored, they are not easily distinguishable. They perfectly blend in with the teeth and do a great job of filling the cavity.
- They have amazing sealing properties. They cover the cavity entirely and prevent the entry of microbes into it. This way, the chances of infection of the tooth are considerably reduced.
- They are strong, durable and long lasting. Since they chemically fuse to the tooth, they indirectly support the tooth and prevent its failure.
- They are versatile, meaning, they can be used to fill cavities, alter the shape of a tooth and restore cracked and worn out teeth.
- Getting a filling doesn’t require the removal of material from the tooth. This allows to retain the natural tooth structure.
- They do not exhibit irrational behaviour such as expending and contracting with change in temperature.
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