Composites are presently the most popular and safest restoration materials for decay and irregularities in tooth structure and they have almost completely replaced silver fillings (amalgam) and other older materials (silicate cement and acrylic resin).
For years, amalgam was the only option for filling teeth. Those who wanted natural-looking restorations had to opt for more expensive cosmetic treatments, such as dental crowns. Composite resin enables dentists to cosmetically treat dental cavities without cutting away too much of the tooth.
Composites are bonded directly to your tooth which can help support the remaining tooth structure. It is available in several shades to perfectly match your tooth.
Advantages of composites-
1. Esthetic- different shades available to match the color of tooth
2. Less removal of tooth structure as compared to silver fillings
3. Used almost universally
4. Can be repaired easily
5. Bonded to tooth structure, resulting in better properties
Disadvantages of composites-
1. May have a gap formation
2. Are more difficult to place and time-consuming
3. Require a very dry working environment
4. May exhibit greater occlusal wear
Composite fillings are usually placed in a single appointment. Firstly, the decay from the tooth is removed and then the space is thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, using a light specialized to harden each layer. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is not uncommon to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth and mouth get used to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Prices vary depending upon the size of filling. Most dental insurance plans cover the cost of the composite filling , with the patient paying the difference.
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