Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are designed to match the color of your natural teeth. They're made of a combination of plastic and glass particles that chemically bond (or "bind") together, making them durable enough to withstand chewing.
They can be used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay. Composite fillings are color-matched to the color of your teeth, which makes them virtually invisible in the mouth.
Placement of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are tooth-colored materials that are directly applied to the tooth surface. Composite fillings repair small cavities and tooth decay. Composite fillings are often used for filling cavities on the front teeth.
During the placement of composite fillings, the dentist will start by cleaning the cavity area and then roughening the tooth surface slightly before applying an adhesive gel. The composite filling is applied in layers, and each layer is hardened with a curing light. Once the composite filling is in place, the dentist will shape the filling to the proper size and smooth the surface to ensure there are no cracks or crevices where bacteria can hide.
Benefits of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings can be used to restore decayed teeth and teeth that have been broken or chipped. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, making them a more conservative restoration. This means less of your natural teeth have to be removed to make room for the filling.
Composite fillings offer several advantages over traditional metal fillings. First, composite fillings match the natural color of your teeth. This means that they blend in seamlessly with your smile rather than standing out as obvious dental work.
Another benefit of composite fillings is that they are fully bonded with your teeth. This means that they are less likely to become loose or fall out over time.
The other benefits of composite fillings include the following:
Composite fillings match the natural color of your enamel, so your smile will be healthier and more beautiful.
Composite fillings require less of your healthy tooth to be removed.
No risk of mercury
Composite fillings do not contain mercury, so they do not pose a risk of mercury poisoning.
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