What is a composite filling?

A compositeSingle surface composite filling (white or tooth colored) performed on a tooth in the front of the mouth. filling; what is it?

Tooth decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. can cause numerous problems in your mouth, whether it be cavities forming or more long-term issues such as the roots becoming infected or even tooth loss. To repair the damage caused by decay, dentists will give a patient a fillingA lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, or porcelain. which repairs the cavityDecay in tooth caused by caries; also referred to as carious lesion. and prevents any further decay from spreading deeper into the tooth and gums.

There are a variety of fillings you can select, however, composite fillings have grown in popularity in recent times, as it is white and therefore blends with your natural teeth more effectively than a silver or amalgamSingle surface silver filling. filling. As a result, people who might be self-conscious about having a filling in their mouth prefer the ‘invisibility’ of composite fillings. Additionally, composite fillings allow the dentist to preserve more of your natural tooth, as less drilling is necessary to fix the filling. 

There are some disadvantages of having a composite filling, however. They need to be replaced more commonly than amalgam fillings and are arguably slightly weaker. Additionally, the treatment of having them fitted also takes longer due to the amount of resin involved.

If you are suffering from any dental pain or feel cavities in your teeth, then please contact your dentist immediately. It is vital to get any cavities fixed immediately as to ignore it could cause future problems. Your dentist will also recommend the best type of fillings to get provide further details on what makes composite fillings the right choice for you.

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