Blue Sky Dental Fillings
When you end up with some type of a cavity in your tooth, most of the time, a filling is what you will end up with. A filling is little more than something that fills up that cavity, keeping the bacteria and food particles from getting in there and making the problem worse. However, if you are looking for a filling that doesn’t stand out, then what you want is a composite filling. These fillings blend in with your natural tooth, and give you a lot of the exact same perks that older fillings used to offer.
What Is a Composite Filling?A composite filling is a filling for an opening in your tooth, that is made up of a composite of different materials, hence the name. Typically, these fillings are a resin that is combined with either glass or quartz particles, then placed into the open area within your tooth to protect your natural tooth. They are very similar in color to a natural tooth, so when you open your mouth to speak, laugh, or yell, you will not have the embarrassment of someone seeing the fillings in the back of your mouth. These are also ideal for front teeth, and when you smile, they often blend right in.
Composite fillings also offer the benefit of being strongly bonded to your tooth with an adhesive effect. This keeps them in place, and holds them there, even when you are chewing foods that end up slightly tacky while you are eating. The composite of materials offers a longer life for these fillings than other, softer varieties, and they typically require less of the tooth be ground away before putting them in, leaving you with smaller fillings.
What Are Composite Fillings For?There are many uses for composite fillings. The most common use of composite fillings currently is filling cavities in the front portion of the mouth. These types of fillings can also fix cracks and chips in front teeth for much lower of an investment than veneers or crowns would end up costing. The only downside to this type of procedure is that it often lasts a shorter period of time than a veneer or a crown would last.
Composite fillings do best when used for cavities that are either small or medium in size. If you go much larger, you wind up with less surface area to bond to, leaving a potentially weak filling in place. The process for using composite fillings is quite similar to that of a traditional filling, other than two small changes. First, the area is kept totally dry during the procedure so that the bonding has the best chances to occur tightly, and second, a blue light signals the composite filling to go from soft and pliable, to hard and durable. After that, you are left with a beautiful smile and people are none the wiser you had a filling done. For more information, give Dr. Daby at Blue Sky Dental a call, and let him help you figure out if composite fillings are right for you.
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