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The Advantages of Composite Fillings
Since the first composite filling was placed in the 1960s, the material has become an increasingly popular alternative to metal fillings over the years. In addition to being safer because it does not contain any mercury, composite resin has many other benefits.
The benefits of composite materials for fillings
Choosing composite materials for dental fillings has a wide range of benefits.
Composite requires less drilling
Compared to other types of fillings, composite materials do not require the dentist to drill as much of the patient's tooth. This is because the filling bonds more easily with the natural tooth and helps it to become stronger. Less drilling is preferable with most people but is an especially big benefit for those who have a fear of the dentist and need the processes to go as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Composite hardens very quickly
Composite dental materials are often preferable for people who lead busy lives and do not have time to spend hours in the dentist's chair. Once the composite material is placed into the tooth, the dentist uses a special "blue wand" light that helps the composite material to harden into place in a short amount of time. In fact, the filling is often completely hardened in less than 60 seconds.
Composite materials reduce tooth sensitivity
Typically, a person will experience tooth sensitivity after receiving a filling. However, people who receive a composite filling often experience it to a lesser degree, if at all. The composite resin helps to insulate the teeth receiving the fillings, protecting them from hot or cold temperatures and making it easier to eat and drink favorite items. It is important to keep in mind though that, as with any dental procedure, there will be some sensitivity for the first few days following the procedure.
Composite materials bond to the teeth
The composite material can be used as either an onlay or an overlay application. When ready to be applied to the patient's tooth, the composite material's bonding agent goes directly onto the natural tooth. The filling is then inserted and after it hardens, the direct bond creates a stronger tooth overall.
Composite fills in chips and cracks
When most people think of dental fillings, they imagine filling in a cavity. Composite resin does work to fill in cavities, of course, but it can also fill in tiny chips or cracks that patients sometimes get in their teeth. The fast process of bonding, aesthetically pleasing appearance, and durability of composite resin make it an excellent option for these minor imperfections on teeth. Some dentists even create veneers with resin.
Composite can be repaired
Over time, chewing or grinding your teeth may cause damage to the filling. Metal fillings would need to be completely removed and replaced if this were to happen. Composite is more convenient because it can be cleaned and repaired when necessary. In fact, if a patient has a metal filling that needs to be removed, the dentist will often replace it with composite resin instead of another material.
A composite filling can last for many years, adding functionality and creating a more pleasing smile. A dentist can help you determine if composite resin is right for you.
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