Tooth decay is a common dental problem prevalent among all age groups. Bacteria and plaque, if not controlled, can wreak havoc damaging the teeth and the gums surrounding them. This dramatically impacts your oral function and aesthetics. But with dental restorations at your rescue, you do not have to worry.
Currently, composite fillings are the most widely used dental restorations in Dacula that are aesthetically appealing since they are tooth-colored restorations. Read on to know why composite fillings are becoming increasingly popular.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored mixtures of plastic and ceramic that are used to restore decayed teeth. These are excellent aesthetically pleasing restorations for teeth that are visible or exposed when you talk or smile.
These fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in mild to moderate fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from masticatory forces.
When are composite fillings recommended?
Composite fillings are recommended for several reasons, such as:
- Decayed teeth
- To close the gap between teeth (diastema)
- Teeth that are worn out due to attrition
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Fractured or broken teeth
Why are composite fillings widely used as aesthetic restorations?
There are a variety of dental filling materials, but composite fillings are widely used due to the following benefits:
- These are tooth-colored so that can be easily matched to the natural teeth
- They blend easily, making them virtually invisible
- Since the material is flexible, there is minimum tooth preparation required, thus preserving most of the natural tooth structure
- These fillings are durable and can withstand a considerable amount of masticatory forces
- They are well suited for small fillings and repair
How do dentists restore teeth with composite fillings?
Your dentist will restore your decayed tooth with a composite filling in the following way:
- The extent of the tooth decay will be assessed through a dental X-ray to rule out the possibility of pulpal involvement.
- Your dentist will use ultrasonic instruments to excavate the tooth decay and prepare your tooth for composite filling.
- If the decay is close to the pulp, a special medicated material will be applied for pulp protection.
- The composite filling will be placed layer by layer.
- Each layer will be bonded using a special curing light.
- Once done, the filling will be properly shaped and polished to give a smooth surface.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored, durable restorations that are increasingly popular among dentists. However, good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits are essential to prolong the life of your new filling.