Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. They are made of plastic dental resin to match the same shade or color of your own natural teeth. Composite resin dental fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile.
WHAT MAKES DENTAL FILLINGS NECESSARY?
Newborn mouths are pristine and free of bacteria. Whether it was a kiss from mom or licking the floor as a toddler, bacteria manages to find its way into the mouth where it remains forever. When the foods that happen to appeal to the bacteria are eaten, this means they get to eat, too. The result is the production of acids that then continue to eat away at the teeth in the form of plaque, which is why your dentist constantly reminds you to brush and floss.
Eventually, a tiny fissure will result from the acid eating through the tooth enamel and tooth decay has begun. Unfortunately, tooth decay is something that cannot be repaired by the body’s wisdom. Before dental fillings came along, cavities would go unabated until the pain from decay and infection were so bad the affected teeth had to be removed.
WHAT ROLE DO DENTAL FILLINGS PLAY?
The achievements of modern dentistry have made it possible to remove the decay and close the remaining hole with the hard, tooth-like material known as a composite dental filling. Commonly called white fillings, they can be matched to your own tooth coloring for a natural look. They are a mixture of quartz filler and glass that combine to produce a durable filling resistant to fracturing under moderate pressure from chewing.
ADVANTAGES OF COMPOSITE DENTAL FILLINGS
Less noticeable than silver amalgam dental fillings, composite dental filings are the preferred choices for those wanting their dentist to be the only other person knowing they are there. They are also the non-metallic alternative for those who are allergic. In addition to the aesthetic advantage, composite dental fillings bond to the tooth in such a manner as to support the tooth structure that remains after initial preparation. This means the tooth will be insulated from extreme temperatures while able to resist breakage.
With less invasive tools and techniques, more comfortable chairs and state-of-the-art equipment, your visit to the dentist for a dental filling procedure is unlike anything from the past. Schedule an appointment a free consultation with our team at Washington Dental to learn the best choices for your beautiful smile.