Composite Fillings: What to Know

Composite fillings, composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings, are the most common filling in cases where exposure is greater and for those who simply want a more natural look.

Composite fillings are primarily used in small to medium sized fillings where the teeth need to withstand moderate to substantial pressure from chewing food. The stress that teeth are put under while chewing requires a material that is very strong and durable.

Composite fillings can also be used for either the front or back teeth.

The Longevity of Composite Fillings

While composite fillings are very durable, they are sometimes less so than amalgam fillings. This can lead to more frequent replacements of the filling. Composite fillings commonly last anywhere from 7-10 years, depending on your individual circumstances and how well you take care of your teeth.

The Procedure

An appointment to place a composite filling generally takes longer than a standard amalgam filling. One of the reasons is due to having to keep the tooth and surrounding area completely dry during the procedure. It is very important that the composite material does not get wet during this time or during setting, which subsequently takes longer to dry and harden when compared to amalgam fillings.

The Nature of Composite Fillings

In some cases, insurance does not cover composite fillings. The reasoning is that it costs more and does not last as long as amalgam (metal) fillings.

The procedure, however, has become more common than amalgam because of cosmetics. Hollywood would have us believe that only the brightest, whitest smile is attractive, therefore, many opt for composite fillings so they can blend more naturally with their teeth even though they are somewhat less durable.

In any case, keep in mind that the best thing for your teeth is not having to get fillings to begin with. Prevention is always the best choice. Be sure to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss after every meal.

Oh yeah, and don’t forget to visit your dentist regularly!

If you don’t have a dentist, call White Plains Dental today and book an appointment with us right away. We can’t wait to meet you!

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