If you have a cavity and are worried about people seeing your filling when you smile, you may want to ask your dentist about composite fillings. Here’s what you need to know.
What are composite fillings?
Composite fillings — also called white fillings — are made from plastic and fine glass particles, making them virtually invisible when placed in your mouth. Although composite fillings used to be only suitable for front teeth, material advancements have made it possible for them to be placed in most areas of the mouth.
Advantages of composite fillings
Here are just some of the reasons you may want to opt for a composite filling:
1. They look natural. Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, which are often visible due to their metallic appearance, composite fillings are virtually invisible. They seamlessly blend with your teeth’s natural colour and texture.
2. They preserve the tooth structure. Compared to traditional fillings, composite restorations require less removal of healthy tooth structure during placement. This is because the material bonds directly to the tooth, providing additional support that prevents potential fractures.
3. They’re durable. Composite fillings are robust and long-lasting. They have a very high success rate and last about seven years. However, they can last more than 10 years if properly cared for.
The filling procedure
The procedure for placing composite fillings is straightforward:
• First, the dentist will administer local anesthesia to the treatment area to minimize any pain you may feel during the procedure.
• Then, they’ll remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, cleaning the cavity thoroughly. The dentist will then put glue or bonding material on the inside of the hole.
• Next, the dentist will apply composite resin into the hole in thin layers. Each layer is hardened using a special light.
• Once the last layer of the filling has hardened, the dentist will shape the filling and select the most suitable colour so it looks and feels natural.
How to care for composite fillings and maintain oral hygiene
After the procedure, waiting until all numbing agents have worn off before eating or drinking is essential. Sticking to soft foods for the first day is a good idea to avoid discomfort.
To maintain the longevity of your composite filling, it’s vital to practice regular dental hygiene, including brushing, flossing and routine check-ups. Moreover, avoid over-consuming stain-inducing substances like coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to keep your composite restoration looking its best.
Cosmetic dentistry services in London, Ontario
At Cosmo Dental Clinic, our composite fillings offer a durable and minimally invasive solution for patients seeking a radiant smile. Our other family dentistry services include cleanings, extractions, root canals and more. We offer all new patients a free first consultation. Contact us today at our dental office in London for more information.