Do you have a cavity? Are you in pain every time you eat or drink something cold or hot? If so, composite fillings may be the solution for you! Composite fillings are a type of dental filling that is made of plastic and glass. This makes them strong and durable, which means they can last for many years without causing any damage to your teeth. In this blog post, we will discuss how composite fillings help to strengthen teeth. We will also explain what composite fillings are made of, and how they are placed. If you are considering getting a composite filling, make sure to read this blog post first!
What is a Composite Filling?
A composite filling is made of plastic and glass. This makes them strong and durable, which means they can last for many years without causing any damage to your teeth. In addition, composite fillings are tooth-colored, so they are not as noticeable as silver fillings. Because of this, they are also sometimes known as tooth-colored fillings, white fillings, or clear fillings. Composite fillings are also unique because they have a bonding process that helps to strengthen your natural tooth structure.
How Composite Fillings Strengthen Teeth
Composite fillings help to strengthen teeth in several ways:
Preserve Natural Tooth Structure:
Composite fillings have a unique bonding process that helps to preserve your natural tooth structure. No matter what type of dental material is used to fabricate a restoration, your natural tooth structure is always best. To place a composite filling, only the damaged or decayed tooth structure needs to be removed, which leaves the healthy tooth structure intact. Preserving the healthy part of the tooth means that your tooth will be stronger and less likely to break or chip.
Have a Unique Bonding Process:
Composite fillings have a unique bonding process that helps to strengthen your natural tooth structure. Other dental restorations require the use of dental cements or adhesives in order to hold them in place. Unfortunately, this also requires more modification of the tooth structure in order to allow the restoration to fit properly. Composite fillings, on the other hand, are able to bond directly to the tooth’s surface without the need for dental cements or adhesives. This means that less of the natural tooth structure is removed. This also means that the composite filling and the tooth create a seamless bond that is used to reinforce the tooth’s natural strength.
Protect Against Tooth Sensitivity:
Composite fillings also help to protect against tooth sensitivity. When a tooth is damaged or decayed, the nerve endings inside the tooth become exposed. This can lead to pain and discomfort when eating or drinking hot or cold beverages. Composite fillings help to seal off the damaged or decayed parts of the tooth, which helps to prevent stimuli from entering the inside of the tooth. This can reduce or eliminate tooth sensitivity.
Can Be Repaired:
If a composite filling becomes damaged, it can be repaired. This is not the case with other dental restorations, such as crowns or bridges. If a crown or bridge becomes damaged, it will need to be replaced. Unfortunately, this can mean that more modifications need to be made to the natural tooth structure. Composite fillings can also be easily repaired by simply adding composite resin. This prevents the need for more tooth modifications and preserves the natural structure of the tooth.
Composite fillings are also versatile. They can be used to restore both front and back teeth. In addition, they can be used for repairing damage, restoring decayed teeth, or cosmetic purposes. No matter what type of tooth you have, composite fillings can usually be used as a restoration option.
How Are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are placed by first removing the damaged or decayed tooth structure. This is done with dental anesthetics and a drill. Once the tooth is prepared, the composite filling material is placed in the cavity and shaped to fit. The material is then hardened with a light. In most cases, multiple layers are needed to obtain the desired shape. Finally, the filling is polished to match the natural tooth color. The entire filling can be completed within a single dental appointment.
In this blog post, we discussed how composite fillings help to strengthen teeth. We explained that they preserve natural tooth structure, have a unique bonding process, protect against tooth sensitivity, can be repaired, and are versatile. We also explained how composite fillings are placed. If you are looking for a dental filling that can help to strengthen your teeth, then consider composite fillings. Composite fillings have many benefits that make them an ideal choice for both function and aesthetics. Talk to your dentist about whether or not composite fillings are right for you.
Dr. Alina Huang has been practicing dentistry in Manhattan for the last eight years. She was born in New York City, and raised in California where she received her Bachelor’s degree at UCLA, and her D.D.S. at the University of the Pacific in San Francisco. She then made her return to NYC where she completed her General Practice Residency at Montefiore Medical Center and has been working in private practice ever since. She continues her learning by attending courses to stay current with the latest advancements in dentistry and refine her skills.