Today’s dentistry technology offers Dr. C many choices when filling cavities. One of the most durable and popular choices are composite fillings. Unlike amalgam or gold, composite fillings match the color and shade of your teeth. They are strong and able to withstand the pressure of chewing and can be used in all areas of your mouth. Composite fillings are one of the most popular methods used today to fill cavities in both front and back teeth.
What are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a resin made of plastic and ceramic compounds. The composite filling matches your tooth’s natural color and looks very natural. They can also be used to reshape the teeth if the tooth is badly disfigured. The resin comes in a small tube-like syringe and is cured by a special light. After preparing the tooth to receive the filling, the doctor applies the composite resin in layers and cures each layer with a special light. The light hardens the resin and makes it bond with the tooth. Once the filling is in place, the doctor then shapes and polishes the filling so that it matches the shape of your teeth.
Advantages of Composite Fillings
The greatest advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal. Since the resin matches your tooth’s natural color, your new filling is almost invisible even in front teeth. Composite fillings bond to the tooth and help support it from further damage. The resin also insulated the tooth from extreme temperature changes and helps to prevent breakage.
Caring for Your New Composite Filling
Brush and floss daily and come into the office for regular dental checkups to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Sometimes the composite resin may darken if you drink a lot of tea, coffee, or other staining beverages. With proper care your new composite filling will last for many years.
Call or contact Chelkowski Dentistry in Austin today and ask about composite fillings. We feel you deserve the best smile possible and composite fillings are a natural looking and strong way to fill a cavity or rebuild a tooth. We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have, and look forward to hearing from you very soon.