Fillings help to repair teeth when there is minor to moderate damage. They help to protect the tooth from further damage and decay too. Many fillings used today are composite fillings, which we offer at our practice. Traditionally, many fillings have been made of gold or other metals. While these materials are durable, they don’t provide the most natural look. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of the tooth so that they appear more natural. They are used more often than other fillings today, which is why we offer them to our patients.
What are Composite Fillings?
Other types of fillings are often made using gold or a metal amalgam, which might include mercury, silver, or tin. These result in metal-colored fillings, which are either gold or silver-colored. Composite fillings offer another option made from composite resins. The material is still durable and can be used for teeth at both the front and back of your mouth. When composite fillings are installed, the tooth needs to be kept clean and dry during the process. This means it can take a little longer than other fillings, but the results are worth it.
Why choose Composite Fillings?
You might need a filling if there is a small or medium-sized cavity in one of your teeth. Your dentist will tell you if you need to repair damage to a tooth and protect it from further damage. When your dentist suggests that you need to restore a tooth, a filling is one of the options, and you need to consider different materials too. One of the primary reasons that people choose composite fillings is that they offer a more natural look. People would rather choose a tooth-colored filling over a metal one that stands out more.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings offer a number of advantages for damaged teeth over some other options. Apart from providing a more natural color that can be matched to your teeth, composite fillings provide support to the remaining tooth, this usually means that less of the tooth has to be drilled away when compared to traditional metal fillings. The composite bonds to the tooth, which helps to protect it from breaking and from temperature changes. A filling is often the most sensible choice over other options, such as crowns or veneers. A crown isn’t always necessary if the damage to a tooth isn’t extensive enough. A filling may be enough to repair the tooth and could be quicker to put in too.
Enquire about getting a composite filling with us today, and we can discuss whether it is the right option for you. We can make sure you get the best treatment to address your dental worries.