Tooth decay does not only damage the tooth and cause severe tooth pain, but it can also affect the appearance of your tooth. The change in the appearance of the tooth can have a significant impact on the person’s self-confidence. However, there are varieties of treatment options to choose from to solve this problem. One of the options available is getting composite fillings to have your picture-perfect smile back.
A composite filling is a mixture of tooth-colored plastic and glass to restore decayed teeth. Composite fillings are also an effective cosmetic dental treatment that is used to improve the appearance of the teeth by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
The infected tooth is isolated from saliva to keep it dry.
The infected part of the tooth is removed using a drill or air abrasion.
The composite filling is then placed in layers over the opening.
Each layer of the composite resin is toughened or hardened by using a special light.
After the tooth is filled, the composite filling will be shaped to resemble a real tooth.
The dentist will polish the composite to prevent it from staining or wearing off early.
The procedure may sound a bit scary or discomforting. However, local anesthesia is administered to numb the area if necessary.
Advantages of composite fillings:
The composite filling requires less drilling
The procedure of composite filling does not require much drilling compared to other types of fillings. It does not require portions of the tooth to be removed, thus, resulting in a stronger overall tooth. Unlike in amalgam fillings, a significant part of the natural tooth has to be removed along with the rotten sections of the tooth has to be removed. This can weaken the overall structure of the tooth.
It hardens quickly
After the composite filling is placed in the tooth, a specific type of light is used to help harden the filling faster. Usually, it only takes a few minutes to cure and harden the filling completely.
It can be used to fix chipped or cracked tooth
The quick bonding, durability, and tooth-colored appearance of the filling is an ideal option to repair chips and cracks in the teeth.
Composite fillings can be repaired
The dentists can fix the composite fillings if they start to wear off. The wearing off of composite fillings can be a cause of excessively chewing and teeth grinding. The dentist will clean the area and will start to repair the filling.
Let us help you restore and regain your teeth’s function. Avail of our Composite Fillings in Sugar Land, TX. Book an appointment with us at Avalon Dental Group. Our dental office is located at 2205 Williams Trace Blvd, Suite 108 Sugar Land, TX 77478.
Dental Topics: Prevention Through Education
The field of dentistry has benefitted greatly from the advancements in materials and technologies to help promote good oral health. Yet as a dentist myself, I've seen that my profession has embraced these new technologies at the risk of spending less time promoting "prevention through education." The truth is the healthiest mouths are not the mouths of the wealthiest people, but rather the mouths of educated people. This blog is my effort to educate the public and promote good oral health.