Composite filling is an aesthetic and durable type of filling used to treat tooth decay or injury. Composite fillings, which are generally white in color, match the tooth color and offer a natural appearance. The use of such fillers is especially preferred for patients with aesthetic concerns.
In Which Situations Can Composite Filling Be Applied?
It can be used to treat small to medium sized bruises. After the affected area of the decay is cleaned, the composite filling fills the gap and allows the tooth to regain its function.
Small fractures or cracks in teeth can be repaired with composite fillings. It restores the aesthetic appearance and functionality of the tooth.
In cases of missing teeth, composite fillings can be used to fill gaps between teeth or support tooth structure.
Composite fillings can be used to make minor corrections to the shape or size of teeth. For example, it can be used to close gaps between teeth or make teeth appear more symmetrical.
What are the Advantages of Composite Filling?
- Composite fillings offer a natural appearance by matching the tooth color. For this reason, it is especially preferred in front teeth.
- Composite fillings offer a less invasive treatment option than amalgam fillings and generally require less tooth tissue removal.
- Composite fillings chemically bond to the tooth structure and can increase the durability of the tooth.
- It can usually be performed within a few sessions and quickly restores normal tooth function after treatment.
- Composite fillings have a lower thermal conductivity than metal-based fillings, so there may be less of a problem with hot or cold sensitivity.
- It requires less removal of dental tissue, which can help preserve intact parts of the tooth.
- Composite fillings can also be used to treat children’s tooth decay and offer similar benefits to adult patients with aesthetic concerns.
It is important to consult with your dentist to determine the best treatment option for you.