When a tooth has been damaged, including chips, fracture, or decay, we can fill cavities and make simple repairs using a malleable material known as composite filling. Our patients appreciate the tooth coloring and translucency of this material because it blends in with the remaining natural part of the tooth and allows for a nearly invisible repair. Working with our team at Janice K. Pliszczak, DDS, we can improve and beautify your smile.
Called composite, this filler is made up of a blend of materials including quartz and a strong resin medium. In decades past composite was considered the lesser of materials to silver amalgam, but the material being used today is stronger and more durable. Patients find composite to be the material of choice because it is:
||Metal Free: Silver amalgam contains mercury and other metals. Though the levels used are well within the safety limits as designated by the American Dental Association, it still left many patients feeling uneasy. Composite filling contains no mercury or metal.
||Adheres to the Tooth: Composite is able to adhere to enamel, the benefit of this is our ability to remove only the damaged or diseased portion of the tooth before rebuilding. Amalgam is a great product, but does not adhere, so we have to reshape the tooth to create a space for it to rest in.
||Tooth Colored with Translucency: The coloring and translucency of composite is a huge benefit to many patients, they want the repair to hide in their mouths. Composite is similar enough in translucency and can be shaded to match your teeth.
Composite Filler for Cavity Repair
The most common dental restoration is the removal of decay. Cavities occur when debris, including plaque and tartar, are allowed to remain in areas of the teeth. It can get stuck between teeth or rest in the crevices of our biting surfaces. As bacteria feeds on the plaque and tartar it then produces an acid that erodes the enamel leaving a cavity.
We can restore teeth that have been diseased with composite material. When a patient suffers from caries, we can remove the diseased portion of the tooth, clean the area and then fill the cavity. With the upgrades to composite filler used today, the material offers good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-midsize restorations. It can even be used on molars that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure.
Composite Filler for Dental Bonding
Besides decay, another common dental restoration involves making small repairs to teeth that have been damaged. Using composite filler we can repair teeth in a process known as dental bonding. Using the filling material, we can fix chips, cracks and fractures. Additionally, we can close gaps and resurface the tooth to hide discolorations.
Dental bonding doesn’t involve a fabricated dental prosthetic, but does require the artistic professional skill of an experienced dentist. We mold, shape and blend the material perfectly in with the tooth. The end result is a perfected appearing tooth.
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