Before your filling is placed, your dentist will thoroughly clean the area to make sure no bacteria gets trapped under the filling. Then, your composite resin filling is applied to the tooth in soft layers, which are hardened by a special light. The light rapidly cures the composite resin, making the material a similar durability as a real human tooth. If you’re worried your composite filling might yellow — especially if you drink a lot of coffee or tea — ask your dentist if they can apply a clear plastic coating to preserve the filling’s tooth-like color.
Once your composite filling is installed and polished, your tooth can resume its normal function with all the aesthetics of a natural human tooth. No filling is permanently immune to wear and tear, but your composite filling will generally last for no fewer than five years unless the filling endures some very unusual wear and tear.
Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they’re also often the first choice for filling damaged areas in prominent and visible teeth, like chips in your front teeth or canines. And because composite fillings are more malleable than metal, they can be used for a wider variety of tooth repairs, from chips to cavities to cracks.
As far as cavities are concerned, composite fillings are a better option if the underlying tooth is sensitive. Composite fillings don’t require as much tooth matter to be extracted while excavating the decayed matter, since they fit into a smaller hole.
Despite the many advantages of composite fillings, it’s important to remember that the best filling is no filling at all. Prevention is the most effective method for keeping your teeth healthy. Espire Dental is one of the most trusted dental care providers in Colorado and can help you with both prevention and repair — through regular dental cleanings or fillings. Whether you think you need a composite filling — or just want to avoid getting a filling in the first place — >contact one of our experts at Espire Dental and schedule a consultation today.
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