To treat a cavity, a dentist needs to remove the damaged portion and fill the hole with special material. These fillings will restore the damaged tooth so that it can look normal again. One of the most common fillings dentists use is the composite filling. Because of its natural, tooth-like color and appearance, it is the ideal choice to restore the appearance of a treated tooth.
At MMSI Dental Center, composite fillings are also our choice treatment method for tooth decay. If you need to have a cavity treated, or maybe want an old amalgam filling replaced with composites, schedule an appointment at our office.
You might be curious to know more about composites and how they work. Here are some important details and frequently asked questions about composite fillings
The Benefits of Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling
We can place a composite resin filling fairly quickly. This is an affordable and durable restoration that will look similar to a regular tooth. We make sure to complete the procedure in a way that is comfortable, effective, and fast. In some situations, depending on the patient and the position of where the filling will go, we can complete a filling every 30 minutes. If you live in the Irvine area, we encourage you to consider the many benefits of getting tooth-colored fillings instead of amalgam ones.
Silver vs. Tooth-Colored Filling: What You Should Know
Tooth-colored fillings are safer for your health since they consist of resin or a plastic material. Silver fillings are typically not silver, but a metal alloy that includes several materials with mercury among them. There have been numerous health warnings regarding the overexposure to mercury, which is why pregnant women are warned to stay away from tuna. While many people believe amalgam fillings are perfectly safe, the data can be contradictory from study to study. If you want to avoid the risks that come with mercury exposure, select tooth-colored fillings, or replace your existing silver fillings. Visit our California dental office for more information.
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Composite Dental Fillings FAQ
What is a composite resin (white filling)?
It is also referred to as a “white” filling because of its color, which matches the shade of natural teeth. Resin composite fillings are made from a mix of ceramic and plastic compound. Compared to amalgams or “silver” fillings, composites are more discreet, offering a more natural look.
What are the advantages of a composite filling vs. amalgam fillings?
The biggest advantage of using composites is its natural color, which easily blends in and makes a treated tooth look completely unchanged. You will not have to worry about other people noticing a silver filling when you laugh or talk. Composites are also free of mercury, making them less risky. While amalgam fillings are not really silver, they have metal alloy that has mercury in its ingredient. Many professionals believe that composite fillings are a lot safer to use. To learn more about this option, call (949) 825-7799 and schedule an appointment with our Irvine, CA dental office.
Can anyone get a filling?
Unfortunately, not all teeth can be restored with fillings. We have to assess the damage of the infected tooth first to see if the tooth structure is healthy enough to be filled. In cases where it is no longer possible, a crown will be a better option because it surrounds the tooth and protects it like a cap.
What is the difference between tooth-colored or composite dental fillings?
Composite dental fillings are just one type of tooth-colored fillings available. While professionals can use the alternate types of tooth-colored fillings interchangeably, there is more than one way to receive a tooth-colored filling. Natural-looking fillings typically consist of resin, ceramic, plastic, or glass ionomer; the most common material being composite resin. While all materials are effective, glass ionomer lasts the least amount of time since the material is more fragile.
How long do composite resin fillings last?
Composite fillings are typically very durable but its lifespan will depend on the particular lifestyle of the patient. Typically, resin composite lasts about 5 to 7 years but its lifespan can be shorter if you have bad oral hygiene. Like everything else, it will also deteriorate without proper maintenance. This is why it is important to take care of your fillings like you take care of your other teeth. Aside from regular brushing and flossing, you should also protect your mouth during physical activities.
Are there any special care instructions for cosmetic fillings?
No, you need to care for your fillings just like you do your other teeth. You need to brush at least twice a day and floss on a daily basis. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste, since this can help to further strengthen your teeth and prevent further decay. In some cases, we may even recommend a fluoride treatment in our dental office. You should also be careful to avoid doing anything that could damage your teeth and wear a mouthguard if applicable. Keep in mind that a filling is there to restore your tooth structure both in appearance and in functionality. This means we are not trying to restrict your activities or even what you can eat. Instead, we place fillings to ensure your life is not interrupted and you can return to your normal daily activities quickly.
When can I eat like normal?
When the filling has settled, it will be permanently bonded to the tooth and you can chew normally. It will take a couple of days to get used to using your previously damaged tooth to eat again but there will be no pain or sensitivity anymore. For more specific information, call 949-825-7799 to schedule an appointment.
Helpful Related Links
- American Dental Association (ADA). Glossary of Dental Terms. 2015
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry® (AACD). Home Page. 2015
- WebMD. WebMD’s Oral Care Guide. 2015
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