While metal fillings have been used to restore decayed teeth for many years, more recently, patients are favoring composite (tooth-colored) fillings in Fort Worth. In essence, they do the same job as conventional silver (amalgam) fillings in that they ‘fill in’ and protect the surface of a tooth once any decay has been removed, but composite white dental fillings utilize materials that match the color of your teeth rather than stand out.
So, what is a composite dental filling and how do they compare to conventional silver (amalgam) filings?
Composite white filings are made from a quartz or glass filler mixed into a hard wearing resin compound. They provide excellent resistance and durability to teeth which need to withstand mild-to-moderate bite pressure. In addition to being more aesthetically pleasing than amalgam fillings, composites are attached or ‘bonded’ directly to the tooth surface using adhesive. This allows for a more conservative repair. Conversely, amalgam fillings are packed into the tooth cavity since they can’t bond directly with the tooth. This can require more of the tooth to be removed to create a large enough area to pack sufficient amalgam into.
When to replace silver fillings
Sometimes amalgam loosens over time and our Fort Worth dentist may suggest removing the remaining dental filling and replacing it with a composite white filling. Alternatively, for those seeking a flawless look to their smile, they may opt to replace any silver metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings instead. Our Fort Worth dental team are happy to carry out this procedure as the transformation is quick, easy, and pain-free.
Tooth-colored fillings in Fort Worth – How is the procedure carried out?
Firstly our dentist may or may not numb the area of the tooth depending upon its position and the extent of the decay. Once the patient is comfortable any decay is removed from the tooth and the tooth is cleaned. A bonding material is then applied and the tooth-colored resin compound is placed into the cavity and shaped. Finally, the mixture is hardened with a curing light. Once cured, the bite is checked to ensure a perfect fit. The whole procedure takes around 15 -20 minutes and at the end of it, you’ll have a restored tooth with a natural appearance.
Other uses for composite fillings
Composite bonding material is also used to repair any visible teeth which are worn or chipped. This is known as composite bonding. Its main advantage is that it’s far less expensive than dental veneers or crowns, however, it isn’t as long-lasting.
If you have a sensitive tooth or want to find out more about tooth-colored fillings in Fort Worth, come and talk to the team at Perfect Dental. Call us at (817) 286 0044 today.