Composite Fillings

Dental composite fillings, or tooth-coloured or white fillings, are a popular and versatile restorative option for repairing decayed, chipped, or worn teeth. Composed of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles, these fillings are designed to match the natural colour of your teeth, providing a seamless and aesthetically pleasing solution. One of the critical advantages of composite fillings is their ability to bond directly to the tooth, which helps to support the remaining tooth structure and prevent fractures.

In addition to their natural appearance, composite fillings are mercury-free, making them a safe and attractive choice for patients seeking metal-free dental restorations. Placing composite fillings involves meticulous layering and curing with a special light, ensuring a precise fit and optimal strength. This technique allows for conservative tooth preparation, meaning less healthy tooth structure is removed during the filling placement.

How Durable are Composite Fillings?

Furthermore, dental composite fillings placed in small to medium-sized tooth cavities can be highly durable and withstand the pressures of daily chewing and biting. Proper care and regular dental check-ups can provide long-lasting support and protection for your teeth. Whether you require a new filling or wish to replace old metal fillings, dental composite fillings offer a reliable and aesthetic solution to restore the health and beauty of your smile.

A dentist can determine if a composite filling has failed through visual examination, X-rays, and patient feedback. Visible signs such as wear, chipping, or discolouration, as well as a change in the fit or texture of the filling, can indicate potential issues. X-rays help identify decay or damage beneath the filling. Patient feedback about discomfort or sensitivity in the filled tooth is also crucial. Regular dental check-ups enable dentists to monitor the condition of composite fillings and address any concerns promptly.

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