4 Advantages of Composite fillings

advantages of composite fillings

4 Advantages of Composite fillings

  1. Strong and flexible
  2. Tooth-colored to make tooth appear natural
  3. More durable than metal fillings
  4. Tooth can be used immediately after procedure

What’s the composite filling procedure like?

Composite filling is one of the most popular procedures performed at dental offices today. It can be completed in just one office visit and usually has no downtime at all.

Once you arrive at the dental office, your dentist will explain the procedure to you and inform you of any risks involved.

He/she will use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the area surrounding it. Once you’re completely numb and ready, the dentist will use a dental drill to wash off the decay. Special medication will be used to prevent infection if the decay was too close to the pulp of the tooth.

The filling material will then be placed in the space, polished and filed to achieve the desired tooth shape. A special light may be concentrated on the repaired tooth to harden the material.

You may experience some sensitivity to heat and cold shortly after the procedure but this is usually short-lived. Your dentist may advise you not to eat hot food or drink until the anesthetic has worn off.

How long do composite fillings last on teeth?

Composite fillings can outlast amalgams, though there is no way to determine how long exactly the filling will last before it wears off. Here are a few factors that determine the longevity of composite fillings on teeth:

 

  • After-procedure oral care – Your filling can last years if you give the repaired tooth the same attention you do your other teeth. If you brush twice a day, floss once and go for a dental cleaning and exam once every six months, you will maximize the lifespan of your filling.
  • Your dentist’s filling expertise – The skill of the dentist who treats you plays a major role in determining the longevity of the filling. A well-placed composite filling should make it virtually impossible to distinguish between the treated tooth and other natural teeth.
  • Pressure on tooth – Too much stress on a tooth may cause it to fracture and break easily. The amount of the filling material placed in the tooth in comparison to the tooth; where on the tooth the filling is placed; and how often the tooth is used; all determine the amount of pressure the tooth endures each time you bite or chew. The higher the pressure, the more likely the tooth is to fracture or break.

 

If you have a cavity that you believe can be treated using composite filling, call Gregory Robins Family Dentistry at (626) 919-7707 today to schedule an appointment and have your problem fixed by a qualified and experienced dentist in West Covina.

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