A smile is a valuable asset and the cure no longer has to diminish the natural beauty of your smile if cavities occur. Tooth-colored composite fillings allow you to keep your natural smile and to withstand the wear and tear of everyday life.
Materials In Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are a mix of plastic and glass. In addition to fillings, the composite material is also used for cosmetic improvements, such as changing the color of teeth or reshaping teeth. Tooth colored composite fillings maintain and restore your natural smile and are durable enough to hold up to the wear of daily chewing and speaking.
Advantages Of Composite Fillings
The dentist makes composite fillings that match the color of your other natural teeth, which makes them ideal for front teeth where an amalgam filling would be obvious. Amalgam fillings never look like natural teeth, but the dentist can shape composite fillings to resemble a real tooth. Other benefits of composite fillings include:
• Esthetics – Unlike metal or amalgam fillings, composite fillings look like a natural tooth. We blend the color to match your other teeth. This makes composites ideal for front teeth, where an amalgam filling would be unattractive. Composites can be shaped to resemble a real tooth.
• Support – Composite fillings bond with the tooth, offering support to a tooth weakened by decay. In addition, less tooth needs to be removed to prepare for the composite filling as compared to an amalgam filling. Tooth material should be preserved whenever possible as it may be useful in future restorations.
• Thermal Stresses – Amalgam fillings are more likely to expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold foods, leading to cracks. The insulating qualities of composite fillings offer more protection from destructive temperature swings.
• Versatile – In addition to filling cavities, the composite material can repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
For more information on the advantages of composite fillings, please call us at 203-612-5529 or visit us today.