Dental fillings, also known as composite fillings, are some of the most common dental treatments used for restoring decayed areas of your teeth. The two most common dental materials used for dental fillings are dental amalgam and composite resin. However, composite fillings have become increasingly popular among dental patients for the following reasons:
- They are metal-free.
Because composite fillings are made of composite resin, they do not contain any metal. This characteristic makes them the most ideal for patients who have metal allergies or simply wish to avoid metal dental fillings in general. Even more, the fact that composite fillings do not have metal means a patient’s surrounding tooth structure is less likely to become discolored as a result of corrosion. In addition, metal requires the dentist to remove more of the tooth so that it can be placed, while composite fillings help preserve your natural tooth structure.
- They look better.
In addition to not containing any metal, composite filling resin can also be customized to match the patient’s natural teeth. In other words, your dentist can match the color and shape of the dental filling so that it is almost unnoticeable. Even better, composite resin does not corrode, which means the color of your teeth will not change over time.
- They can be used in a variety of ways.
Dentists have different applications for composite fillings. For one, composite resin can be used to fill dental cavities. Even more, composite fillings and resin can be used to fill gaps between teeth, fix chipped or cracked teeth, build up the natural tooth structure, and restore enamel.
- They only require one appointment.
Composite fillings are also known as direct dental restorations, which essentially means that the entire procedure can be completed inside your mouth without needing a dental laboratory. In other words, this means composite fillings can be placed in one single dental appointment rather than requiring multiple visits to your dental office. To place a composite filling, your dentist will remove the decayed tissue, and the remaining cavity will be shaped and cleaned. Then, your dentist will apply the composite resin in layers, while simultaneously hardening each layer with a special curing light. The final layer will then be placed, shaped, and polished. Often, dental anesthetics are used to keep you comfortable during the entire procedure.
- They are long-lasting.
If given the proper care, composite fillings can last up to 10 years. To best preserve your composite filling, you simply need to practice good oral hygiene and avoid any behaviors that can place additional stress on your teeth.
If you would like to learn more about composite fillings, give Carlsbad Dental Associates a call today.
Located in Carlsbad, California, Dr. Edward Adourian is an experienced, renowned specialist in all things dental. From general dentistry to family dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Adourian and his team can help you and your loved ones with all your dental needs. Our experienced professionals here at Carlsbad Dental Associates are more than happy to help you with Invisalign, CEREC same-day crowns, dental implants, and so much more. Give us a call today at (760)918-9000.