Composite Fillings

What Are Composite Fillings?

Commonly referred to as white fillings, composite fillings are a restoration option used to restore decayed teeth. Composite filling material can be used to change the teeth’s color and shape. They’re great option for enhancing your smile.

Composite placement

Teeth preparation is necessary before the placement of composite fillings. After preparation, your dental health professional will place the composite fillings in layers. The use of light will harden every layer.

Afterward, your dentist will contour the composite to make sure that it is best shaped for your tooth. Then, he’ll polish it to prevent staining and avoids early wear.

Cost of Composite Fillings

In comparison to the cost of silver fillings, composite fillings may be more costly. Here at Aloha Dental, we offer various payment options to make it easier for you to undergo treatment without having to worry about its cost. Some dental insurance providers cover this treatment and at times increase coverage for this treatment.

What are the pros of choosing composites?

One of the main reasons patients opt for composites is their aesthetic appeal. Dentists can easily mix shades to mimic the color of natural teeth. Composite also easily attaches to the affected tooth and support the remaining structure of your tooth. Do to the composites ability to bond to natural tooth structure, it aids in preventing tooth breakage. Composite also insulates the tooth from the changes temperature.

Do composite fillings have cons?

In any dental procedure, there’s always a disadvantage. For composite restorations one of them is that you may experience sensitivity in the affected area after the procedure. Also, if you’re fond of drinking tea or coffee the composite’s color may change slightly.

Dental Fillings Replacement

The role of the Composite filling is to replace tooth structure lost because of decay. As long as you follow your dentist’s instructions on how to clean and maintain them, they can last for decades.

At times they may need replacement. This can be especially true if you frequently clench or grind your teeth as this habit causes fillings wear and possibly fail.

When any filling chips or falls out, an entry point for bacteria is created. If the seal breaks bacteria can enter the tooth. It’s not easy to clean that part of your tooth and as a result, decay can develop underneath.

Dentists recommend dental examination to examine all of your teeth every six months; at this appointment your dentist will take a close look at all of the existing fillings in your teeth in order to insure that they are healthy and intact. Keep in mind that tooth decay can quickly progress if left it untreated. It can infect the nerve of the tooth, known as the pulp, which can lead to endodontic treatment. In the worst case scenario you may lose your tooth.

Tooth decay and the need for dental fillings can be avoided by brushing your teeth after every meal and flossing at least once a day. Also, by prioritizing your dentist visit at Aloha Dental every six months. Your dentist can detect early signs of wear and can tell whether you need filling replacement.

Don’t wait until your tooth hurts. Visit Aloha Dental today for a consultation