Composite Fillings: A Natural Look To Smile About
Have you ever known someone who just got a filling for a cavity, but you couldn’t tell by looking at their teeth? Chances are, their dentist used a composite filling to restore the tooth after removing the cavity.
In fact, composite fillings are often the No. 1 choice for patients who need to have some dental work. They are very easy to complete in the office during a dental appointment.
What are composite fillings made of?
Composite fillings are typically made from powdered glass and acrylic resin. Unlike amalgam fillings, which look silver when they’re first put in, composite fillings can match the shade of your teeth.
At Forest Ridge Dental Group, we take great pride in creating composite fillings that look so natural, no one can tell you’ve had a filling. When you match the shade of your teeth, it’s very hard to tell the difference between your natural tooth and a composite filling.
Why does my dentist recommend composite fillings?
Many patients are highly satisfied with the way composite fillings look.
Another advantage is that composite fillings can help support your teeth, too. Once they’re bonded to a tooth, composite fillings help protect the tooth structure and insulate the tooth from temperature changes.
Not only can composite fillings last for many years, but many people also prefer them over amalgam fillings, which contain a small amount of mercury.
The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that the amount of mercury used in fillings is safe for kids over the age of 6. Still, many people prefer composite fillings.
Don’t wait to get a cavity filled.
If you have a cavity, it’s important to have it treated so that it doesn’t cause serious dental problems down the road. We’re here to help you!