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Composite Fillings

Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative.

Until recently, dentists filled and sealed cavities using a silver and mercury amalgam, Unfortunately, these fillings (or restorations) often weaken teeth due to their poor properties and large amount of the original tooth that has to be removed.

Composite resin fillings were created as an alternative to traditional silver (amalgam) dental fillings and are what is most commonly used in modern dental practices today.

The composite resin is tooth coloured to look natural and is made of a plastic dental resin containing small glass particles.

 

 

 

You have a hole (decay) in a tooth.

You have broken or chipped a piece of tooth or old filling.

To change the appearance (shape, colour) of a tooth for cosmetic reasons.

 

Composite Fillings are placed in one appointment.

While you are numb the decay is removed and the space is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the new filling.

The composite filling is then carefully placed, shaped to fit the tooth and then polished.

 

Small cavity cutting is done because the material can flow into small places. They bond to the tooth structure well and support the remaining tooth to help prevent breakage.
As less tooth cutting is done, this leaves your own tooth stronger. They integrate well with the tooth . More natural and attractive choice.
They are temperature and electrical insulators and are resistant to extremes of hot and cold. More aesthetic than any other fillings.
Can be easily fixed if damaged. They are more strong and durable.
       
Technique sensitive and need proper isolation during bonding, because if contaminated with saliva bondding process is repeated. There is a potential for bacteria to leak under filling over time which can lead to secandary caries and this means your teeth needs a new filling.

 

During your initial visit to the dentist, he or she begins by anesthetizing the tooth and removing any remaining decay.

Once the tooth has been prepared, the dentist places the composite into the tooth where it binds to the original surface.

 

Where the cavity is too big for the composite restoration to be made in the surgery an impression is taken.

The composite section is made in the dental laboratory then the dentist inlays it into the teeth using bonding technique.

 

 

Patients may have increased sensitivity in the tooth for a short period following the procedure.
Over time, they may become stained from coffee, tea, tobacco, etc but this can be polished out at a routine dental appointment.
Composite fillings typically last three to twelve years, depending on the location of the restoration, an individual’s occlusion (or bite), and several other factors.