When a patient has a cavity or needs other restorative dental work involving a filling, the dentist has a few different options for the type of filling to use. One option is the composite filling, which is made of composite resin that can be matched to the shade of the patient’s natural teeth. Composite fillings are certainly the most “attractive” type of filling due to the fact that they are unobtrusive and, in many, cases, unnoticeable. They are placed in the mouth in much the same way as any other type of filling. First, the dentist will numb your tooth and excavate any decay that might be lurking. Then, the cavity will be cleaned out and the composite filling will be inserted into the hole.
Composite fillings are very useful in dental work, and they work especially well in the following situations:
At Empress Walk Dental, our dentists recognize several benefits of composite fillings, including:
While composite fillings have many benefits, they also have some disadvantages, such as:
Remember: the best filling is the kind you don’t have to get. Maintaining proper oral hygiene will go a long way towards preventing cavities, and therefore towards preventing fillings!