Tooth-colored composite resin fillings are incredibly versatile; in addition to being ideal for treating decayed teeth, they can also be used to repair chipped or broken teeth or as a cosmetic alternative to amalgam fillings. At Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A, composite resin comes in a wide variety of shades that can be closely matched to the color of your teeth for a seamless look.
When Are Composite Fillings Recommended?
Composite fillings are recommended when a patient’s tooth needs repair due to a cavity, fracture, or chipping. Composite fillings are also used to repair chipped teeth. Composite fillings can also be used for cosmetic improvement if a tooth is discolored. Composite fillings can also be used to close a space or gap between teeth.
How Are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are dental restorations that repair teeth damaged by decay. They are made of a composite material, which is made up of plastic and ceramic particles. First, the dentist will remove the decay from the tooth. The tooth is then cleaned and dried, and the dentist will apply the composite. The composite resin used in these fillings can be tinted to match the natural color of your teeth, making them less conspicuous. The resin is applied in layers, and each layer is hardened with a curing light. After the composite has hardened, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The composite is then polished, and the process is completed.
The Advantages of Composite Fillings
Composite fillings have various advantages over metal fillings. Composite fillings are the most natural-looking, durable, and stain-resistant option in fillings. Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and glass that is tinted to match the shade of your natural teeth. The resin is hardened and shaped over the tooth and then cured with a special light. Most patients find composite resin a comfortable material to work with, and it doesn’t contain mercury like older fillings, which may be unsafe for patients with metal allergies.
How Do I Care For My Composite Fillings?
Caring for your new composite fillings is as simple as caring for your natural teeth. Your composite fillings will last for years as long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine of twice-daily brushing, flossing, and routine checkups.
Composite fillings are an excellent option for patients who want a natural-looking restoration. To discover more about the benefits of composite fillings, visit the dentist in Topeka, KS - Frank N. Johnson, D.D.S., P.A. at 1244 SW Oakley Ave, Topeka, KS 66604, or call (785) 357-7706.