White Fillings – Composite Resin
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
What are Composite Resin Fillings?
Composite resin fillings are referred to as white fillings. Composite is a tooth coloured material composed of glass particles suspended in a resin matrix. Composites are bonded directly to your tooth which can help support the remaining tooth structure. It is available in several shades to perfectly match your tooth.
When are Composite Resin fillings used?
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
What are the benefits of Resin Fillings?
Resin fillings are strong and cosmetically appealing. Made from plastic dental resin, resin fillings match the shade of your natural tooth enamel, making them particularly well-suited for repairing teeth in the front of the mouth. Resin fillings also require less of the natural tooth structure to be removed in preparation for the filling than metal fillings.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Your dentist will remove decay or broken segment as necessary; The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.