Over the years, the materials used to create fillings for teeth have changed. Previously, a metal amalgam filling was used to repair cavities and damaged teeth to ensure they maintain their integrity and appearance. However, there are many reasons why today’s dentists are moving away from using traditional fillings and opting for a more suitable and safe composite filling material. Keep reading to learn more about why the composite is the better choice for patients who need a filling.
Traditional fillings are made of a metal material designed to fill the hole and mold the tooth to prevent further decay or damage. However, this material isn’t the most effective option any longer. While this material may be available, it’s likely to come loose and allow food, bacteria, or plaque to enter the tooth’s space. When this happens, the tooth begins to decay under and around the filling. The filling must be removed and replaced after some time. It’s more expensive and risky with more maintenance and hassles.
Composite fillings are quickly becoming the standard fillings for people of all ages. This material is also preferred because you don’t need to remove as much of the tooth for application. Composite fillings are made of resin and look more natural. They are made to match the color of the tooth, so they aren’t readily visible when you speak. During the application, the tooth is filled with resin and a powdered glass substance that fits in and on the tooth perfectly. Once the material sets, it’s strong and reliable for many years. It’s rare for the composite filling to become loose or need to be replaced often.
The process of getting fillings is simple and fast. When you get a composite filling, the dentist will have x-rays taken to help them determine the approach and how much tooth to remove. You’ll receive a numbing injection to the site, and the dentist will begin the process of removing decay and preparing the site for the composite application. Once the site is ready, the dentist will apply the composite with precision to the area. Once the material is shaped, and in place, it’s cured with a special light and cleaned up so that it’s smooth and fits seamlessly with the tooth. The entire process is short, and you’ll be ready to eat and drink like usual in a few hours. They look and feel just like your natural tooth and provide the best functionality.
If you need composite dental fillings or suspect you might, getting them treated as soon as possible is important. Call Smile Today Dental in Glenview, Illinois. Drs. Evelyn Kidonakis and Jinyoung Yoo can assess your mouth and determine if composite fillings are right for you. To get started, call the office at 847-440-3331. A helpful team member can schedule an appointment for an evaluation and consultation to help you determine if this option is necessary and ideal for you.