The moment you realize that cavities have started invading your teeth, you turn pale white. You know for a fact that cavities don’t just ruin your perfect smile. They’re also capable of triggering more serious dental conditions such as toothaches, abscess, broken teeth, and tooth loss. Adding up to your worries is the possibility of wearing amalgam fillings and putting up with the different health problems that they bring. But thanks to composite fillings, you can eliminate your cavities without having to go through any trouble.
To help you obtain adequate knowledge on composite fillings, we have prepared the answers to some of the frequently asked questions on them below.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings that are placed over your cavities after your dentist finishes cleaning them.
How are composite fillings placed?
In placing a composite filling, your dentist first injects your decayed teeth and the area around them with a local anesthetic. He then cleans your teeth and cavities using a dental drill or a similar device. After clearing your teeth and cavities of all bacteria, your dentist shapes your cavities and applies an acid gel to your teeth. Finally, he covers your cavities with the composite fillings, hardens the fillings using a special light, and polishes them.
What benefits do composite fillings offer?
The most obvious benefit that composite fillings offer is their ability to perfectly blend with the rest of your teeth, making it possible for you to look aesthetically pleasing and feel more confident. They also chemically bond to your teeth’s structure to further strengthen it. And unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings don’t contain any mercury which can be hazardous to your health.
What are the disadvantages of composite fillings?
Composite fillings aren’t very durable since they last for only five years and may not be able to withstand hard chewing or biting. Aside from that, their color can slightly change if you consume foods and beverages that can stain your teeth.
If you have any inquiries on composite fillings, you may drop by our Carmel, Indiana dental clinic or contact us at 317-451-4050 to set an appointment.