Composite fillings represent a great leap forward in cosmetic dentistry.
Resin fillings were first used over 50 years ago.
However, silver amalgam fillings remained the first choice for functional repairs until about thirty years ago.
Composite resin fillings had a high failure rate due to leakage around the edges, making them problematic.
In the 1980’s however, a new technology changed everything.
That technology allowed the composite fillings to “set” almost immediately.
Consequently, it changed the course of cosmetic fillings.
Composite Fillings or Silver – The Why and When of Choice
Composite fillings more closely match the natural color of teeth.
That, coupled with their strength and durability make them an excellent choice for functional and cosmetic repairs.
Old style silver amalgam fillings are still used, but more commonly in areas of the mouth that are not visible.
Because of their strength and natural appearance, resin fillings are often used to:
- Repair chipped or worn teeth
- To fill cavities or areas of decay
- Repair cracked or broken teeth
- To close “gaps” between teeth
Like any kind of filling, composite materials are not permanent, they will not last forever.
However, with proper care and good oral hygiene; they will last for many years.
They enhance your smile in ways that silver fillings cannot.
The Placement Process
As with silver fillings, the process requires a single appointment.
Our dentist will deaden the tooth or teeth in need of filling and then remove any decay that might be present.
The dentist will prepare the tooth and place the filling.
Then it is shaped and polished.
The filling restores the strength, functionality and natural appearance of the tooth.
After The Composite Filling
You will likely experience some brief tenderness or inflammation of the gums near the site of the filling.
Additionally, it is also very common to have some sensitivity to heat and\or cold for a short period of time.
That should pass quickly as your gums heal and your tooth becomes adjusted to your new, natural-looking fillings.
Dentist Brandon MS strives to be your primary dental care provider.
Consequently, we offer a full range of dental services.
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