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Composite Fillings

No one likes to hear that they have any sort of oral health issue, whether it’s plaque buildup, recessive gums, or even minor tooth decay. Fortunately, along with the many things that can be done to help prevent oral health issues from occurring in the first place, there are also many things that can be done to restore oral health and any damages that have been created. One of these things is tooth fillings.

The Purpose of Tooth Fillings

Tooth fillings are an important part of restoring one’s oral health when their teeth have been damaged by decay. Not only can a decaying tooth be quite uncomfortable to experience, it can cause decay to spread to other teeth in the mouth. A filling is used to restore a decayed tooth to its normal function and prevent further decay from occurring.

There are actually a variety of tooth fillings used for a variety of purposes. Some of these fillings are placed directly into a cavity while others are created to fit around a tooth. A dentist will always consider many different factors when considering what type of filling will work best to meet an individual’s specific needs, including the extent of the damage that needs to be repaired, where the filling is needed in the mouth, whether the individual has concerns about cosmetic issues and more. One possible option they may consider is a composite filling.

Understanding Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made from a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and glass, and can be used to restore and protect teeth that are minorly damaged by decay. They can also be used for the purpose of cosmetic restorations, as they can change the color of teeth or even help to reshape disfigured teeth. They are ideal for small to mid-size cavities, can work well for either front or back teeth, and are the perfect choice for those individuals who prefer to have more natural-looking fillings that may be altogether undetectable by others.

Composite fillings are applied to the tooth in layers, each layer being “cured” and hardened by a special dental curing light. Once all the layers of the filling have been applied and cured, the dentist can shape the composite filling so that it fits properly and comfortably in or over the tooth. Finally, the dentist will polish the composite filling to help protect against staining and excessive wear.

There are many advantages of composite fillings when compared to other types of fillings. First of all, composite fillings are often considered far more cosmetically pleasing than other types of fillings because their color can be blended to match the natural shade of other teeth. Second of all, composite fillings bond very well to the remaining natural tooth structure, which can make them more durable and which can also work to prevent sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Third of all, composite fillings can hold up just as well as other types of fillings when used for restoration of small cavities.

Along with the many advantages of composite fillings, there are some things one needs to keep in mind. In some cases, patients who receive composite fillings experience heightened tooth sensitivity for a brief time after the filling has been placed in the mouth. Additionally, while the color-matching properties of composite fillings is one of its greatest attractions, patients who consume teeth-staining foods or drinks, such as coffee or tea, may find that these things change the color of their composite fillings. Some dentists are able to place a clear plastic coating over the composite filling in order to help protect against staining, but they may still stain over time. Furthermore, composite fillings can also be more expensive than other types of fillings, so it is important to evaluate your long-term benefits against your short-term costs when choosing your filling material.

Ideally, one would be able to protect their oral health so thoroughly that they will never have any sort of tooth decay. However, in the case that you have suffered some tooth decay and want a natural solution, a composite filling may be perfect for you.


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