Composite Resin Fillings
Composite Resin Fillings are made from a natural looking synthetic material, Silver fillings have been used for decades.More often than not these fillings need to be replaced.
Reasons for replacement include:
- Amalgam oxidizes and corrodes over time through normal wear and the foods we eat
- Oxidizing amalgam can expand causing fractures within the tooth structure
- Old amalgam often exhibits broken margins which allow bacteria to penetrate into the tooth structure
- Unattractive silver fillings
Composite resin restorations can be used to replace amalgam fillings, with proper care these fillings will last many years. A stronger & superior option is the placement of a CEREC porcelain restoration.
Uses for Composite Resin Fillings
- Restore cavities in front and back teeth
- Replace old or unattractive silver fillings (mercury)
- Repair root abrasion
- Close spaces between front teeth
- Restore chipped or fractured teeth
- Improve or change the colour of permanently stained or discoloured teeth
- Reshape crooked or misshapen teeth
About the Treatment
A local anesthetic is administered; the tooth is then prepped by removing the decayed portions. Bonding agents are then applied to the inside surface of the cavity, this acts as the “glue" between the tooth and the composite resin.
The composite resin is then added to the tooth in layers to allow for successive and thorough curing. When this process is finished the filling is shaped to fit your bite and polished to prevent staining and early wear.
Taking Care of your Fillings
Composite resin fillings are designed to look, feel and function like your natural teeth. It is important to treat them just as you would the rest of your teeth with regular brushing, flossing and check-ups with your dentist. With proper care you can expect your composite resin fillings to last many years. For a stronger and longer lasting option you may want to inquire about porcelain fillings .
To avoid damages or fractures avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. You should also avoid clenching or grinding your teeth, if you do habitually grind or clench your teeth you may need a night guard. Good oral hygiene with help prevent staining from tobacco, coffee, tea and other staining foods and beverages.