Composite filling is a plastic resin and glass mixture that is used to repair tooth decays, cracks, fractured and disfigured teeth. It is also used in cosmetic dentistry to change the color of teeth and also reshaping of teeth.
When it comes to dental filling, there are quite a number of filling options depending on the material used. Each option has its advantages and also disadvantages. However, the most common option is composite fillings which are preferred as they can be easily matched in terms of color with existing teeth. This is unlike amalgams and gold fillings that have different colors to the existing teeth. They are also the best in dental aesthetics making them suitable for front teeth replacements. With this in mind, it is important that you first discuss with your dentist the best option for you.
Composites generally cost more compared to older style amalgam fillings, but they should be covered by most insurance plans. However, there are some insurance plans that can cover up to the price of silver fillings then you will be required to pay the rest. There is however hope in insurance companies covering the whole cost as composites continue to be popular day by day.
Just like most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent. They are however long lasting and can remain intact for several years. You will need to be ready for dental restoration when it becomes necessary.
When to opt for composite filling
You can choose to have composite fillings when you experience any of the following;
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked and broken teeth
- Undesirable gaps between teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Worn teeth
- Disfigured teeth
How composite fillings are placed
It normally takes longer to place a composite filling than other types of dental fillings but can be completed within just one appointment. First, the tooth will be numbed before the dentist thoroughly cleans it to remove any decay. The tooth is completely dried before the actual procedure. The composite is then filled in layers and hardened using a specialized light. After this, the tooth is then shaped to be identical with the rest and polished to prevent staining and wear.
It is quite normal to experience tooth sensitivity after the procedure, but you get used to it very fast. The dentist will then give you instructions on how to properly care for your teeth once this procedure has been finished.
Pros and Cons of Composite Fillings
The major advantage of composite fillings is aesthetics. With composites, dentists can blend the fillings’ shades to create a tooth replacement that is identical to the rest of the teeth. In fact1, composites go unnoticed. They are also durable and require less maintenance.
Patients may experience limited postoperative sensitivity. This is common when taking hot or cold foods and drinks.
Although composites may be a little pricier, the procedure is worth every penny and can help you obtain the desired smile you have longed for.