Upgrade Your Existing Fillings with Composite Tooth Colored Fillings
When a patient has a chip in their tooth or a large fracture, they don’t usually seek immediate attention to fix this issue. Of course, a chip in the tooth isn’t very appealing and could cause self-conscious issues, but aside from it looking unattractive, it could also pose a serious health risk that a composite filling could repair.
If a tooth is left untreated with a minor crack or fracture, chances are, the crack will become larger and could affect the foundation of the tooth in the long run. If the tooth is left untreated, it could cause bacteria to run into the foundation of the tooth and the patient could be required to have root canal therapy or worse, have the whole tooth extracted. Composite fillings can be used as the resin to fill the gaps between cracked or chipped teeth.
Patients who have had a root canal in the past and have had metal fillings may also have an interest in composite fillings as they provide a much more natural look than metal fillings. In addition to composite fillings being the color of a natural tooth, it can be placed in thinner layers than metal fillings, which can preserve more of the natural tooth.
What’s the Difference Between Metal and Composite Fillings?
Metal fillings are not only not aesthetically pleasing, because they don’t blend well with your natural teeth at all, but they are also not the healthiest materials to be used inside the mouth. Composite resin is one of the more healthier materials because it is made of resin or plastic material which is a healthier material to be used inside the mouth. There is little to no chance of an allergic reaction, unlike metal alloys where many patients have allergic reactions to.
The silver fillings aren’t typically made from silver, rather they are made from a mixture of different metals, sometimes even mercury. Mercury is a material that has been exposed to have a multitude of negative health risks when exposed to the inside of the mouth. There are quite a few competitive surveys that prove the pros and cons of metal fillings, however, if you’re looking for a much safer (and better-looking option), a composite resin may be the answer for you. If you currently have metal fillings from previous root canals, talk to your dentist about having them replaced as soon as possible.
Composite fillings are typically known as “white fillings” because they are among the lighter resins on the market. Realistically, these fillings are creamier shade because they match natural teeth impeccably. Composite fillings have the same exact function as amalgam or metal fillings as they boast the same kind of effectiveness when repairing a tooth. This material is becoming more and more the recommended option for material when restoring a tooth that is in need of a root canal, from decay, from a fracture, a crack or even a chip.
Why Should a Composite Filling Be used Instead of Metal?
The main reason as to why a patient would get a metal filling is because of poor dental health. Unfortunately, if you get a metal filling, not only is your dental health poor at the moment, but everyone can also see that. With a composite resin, you can adjust and repair your poor dental health and literally forget about it. The resin will blend so seamlessly with your natural teeth that no one will notice you have a filling. Many patients often forget which tooth has the filling because the resin is so camouflaged.
Is Everyone a Candidate For Composite Fillings?
The short answer to this question is no. Not every patient is a candidate for composite fillings because in some extreme cases, a tooth may not able to be repaired with just resin. Extreme cases may require a dental crown, or worse, a full extraction. A patient should have a strong amount of natural tooth in order for a composite resin to be used. Talk to your dentist to see if you may be a candidate for composite resin.
What Are The Main Benefits of Composite Fillings?
A composite filling is typically much less expensive than that of metal fillings. It is still an incredibly durable option as a dental filling in general. Because it’s a somewhat lighter material to cure, a composite filling can actually be a much shorter process than metal fillings. Composite fillings can usually be layered and hardened in 30 minutes per tooth. Composite fillings have an array of materials that can be used, composite resin, plastic, glass ionomer, or ceramic. Glass ionomer is the least effective because it doesn’t last as long as the other materials.
Many patients ask just how long composite fillings can last, and in many cases, there is no numbered answer to that. At the end of the day, any dental repair can last as short or as long as possible 100% based on how well that patient takes care of their teeth. Composite fillings last as long as natural teeth. Meaning, they can chip and crack like natural teeth so it’s important to be weary about what kinds of hard foods you’re chewing on.
A dentist will always recommend brushing twice a day and flossing at least once. It’s important for your oral health to maintain a clean smile, and it also helps the strength and health of your teeth. Your dental fillings need to be cleaning as much as your natural teeth need cleaning as well. Many dentists will recommend a fluoride toothpaste since it could help whiten and strengthen your tooth’s enamel and the strength of your teeth in general. If any any point you feel an ache or pain in a tooth, it’s extremely important to visit your dentist right away for a detailed checked. Untreated issues in the mouth could lead to serious dental surgery in the future, don’t let cracks or chips go untreated. Call your dentist today and ask about composite fillings.
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