There was a time when visiting the dentist to get a filling would cause some discomfort. The root of the discomfort consisted of a silver amalgam that would serve as the filling. Apart from the fact that it was easily noticeable and didn’t look very good, a great deal of the tooth had to be removed and grinded away in order for it to be placed correctly.
The procedure itself was somewhat painful and long. An amalgam filling tends to expand and contract when exposed to intense heat or cold that can lead to cracking, which results in a short, temporary solution.
Luckily times have changed and the tooth colored composite fillings has made its way into the picture. Created with a mixture of glass and plastic, this composite filling has many benefits the amalgam lacks. For starters it blends with the natural color of your teeth; meaning that it’s virtually impossible to see where the actual filling is situated. Smiling isn’t a self-conscious reaction anymore.
Apart from looking great, the composite filling is much stronger and can be used for many dental defects such as gaps, chips and cracks. Only the diseased part of the tooth is removed which leaves a greater piece of the original tooth intact.
Some reasons why you might consider a composite filling:
- Filling the gaps between teeth
- Repairing chipped
- Cracked and broken teeth
- Filling cavities
- Strengthens and supports old warn out teeth
Supporting the structure of the tooth, it strengthens and stays put for much longer than an amalgam filling. It bonds with the tooth and insulates it to protect from becoming sensitive to temperatures. The natural look gives a lot more confidence and displays a healthy and attractive set of teeth. If only to give your old teeth a new life then composite fillings can be a great asset in both appearance and reinforcement.
Apart from all the benefits, the procedure is shorter and pretty much painless. The dentist numbs the tooth as usual then only removes the area that has decayed. The rest of the original tooth stays in place. After this a decent cleaning process is done to prevent any infection and ultimately placement, shaping and polish of the filling. This does not mean you don’t have to take care of your teeth. It should still be a regular routine to visit the dentist and to keep your teeth healthy and clean. Be proud of your teeth.