Getting a cavity filled is a routine dental procedure that can be done in the dentist’s office with minimal discomfort. There are a few types of materials used to fill cavities, with amalgam and composite resin being the most common. Here’s what you should know about composite fillings.
What Is Composite Resin?
Composite fillings are made of a combination of fine glass and plastic particles. It’s tooth colored, so you don’t have to worry about its appearance, and will last around five years.
What Are the Types of Fillings?
Composite fillings are used for both small and large cavities and inlays. They can be applied directly to the tooth by the dentist or customized to the tooth using a mold, a procedure called indirect filling. These fillings take two appointments to complete. Indirect fillings are used when there is not enough tooth to apply the filling directly but a crown is not yet required. Composite fillings usually need less drilling than those with amalgam, although they take slightly more time to apply.
What Are the Benefits?
Composite resin may be used to repair broken, chipped, or damaged teeth. It’s a versatile substance that can actually strengthen the tooth. The heat-curing process involved in the application allows the filling to bond directly with the tooth’s surface.
Many people have concerns about the mercury that is present in amalgam fillings. Composite resin, however, contains no metal and is appropriate for those who might have allergies or concerns about metal in their body.
Kimberling City Dental Center serves Stone County, MO, with a full range of preventive and general dentistry. They offer composite fillings, extractions, teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, bridges, and dentures. In business for more than 32 years, their practice is committed to gentle, excellent dental care. Call (417) 739-4965 to schedule an appointment, or visit them online to learn more about their services.