Are you experiencing a cavity and unsure of what to do? Have you heard of composite fillings and are curious to learn more? Composite fillings are a great way to restore a tooth affected by decay back to its standard shape and function.
They are made of a combination of plastic and glass materials and are designed to match the natural color of your teeth, making them virtually invisible. They are also solid and durable, able to withstand normal chewing pressure.
Understanding composite fillings enable you to make an informed decision about how to best restore your tooth.
What Are Composite Fillings?
A composite filling is a tooth-colored filling used to restore decayed teeth. They are tooth-colored materials blended with a hardening material that is activated when heated and applied to the tooth.
The composite is the type of material that is used to make artificial teeth. It has a resin core and glass fibers entwined in it. The composite filling is a plastic-like material that can be molded to fit the tooth’s shape.
Composite fillings are strong and durable, able to withstand normal chewing pressure. They are made of a combination of plastic and glass materials and are designed to match the natural color of your teeth, making them virtually invisible.
They can be used to fill teeth that have cavities, have been cracked, have had root canal treatment, or have a large filling.
What Is the Procedure For A Composite Filling?
The dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth to remove any debris or bacteria. After cleaning the tooth, the dentist will take an X-ray to identify the extent of the decay and check for any hidden decay.
The dentist will then numb the tooth and apply a stain to see where the decay is. Then, they will remove the decay, and the tooth will be cleaned to make room for the filling. The dentist will then apply the composite filling and shape it to fit the tooth’s shape.
A light-sensitive hardening agent will be applied to the tooth, and a light will be used to harden the filling, making it solid and durable.
What Are The Advantages Of Composite Fillings?
- They are strong and can withstand normal chewing.
- They are tooth-colored and blend with your natural tooth color, making them practically invisible.
- They can be used to fill teeth that have cavities, have been cracked, have had root canal treatment, or have a large filling.
- They are more affordable than other treatment options.
- They do not require extraction.
- They are easier to apply than other treatment options, such as a dental crown.
- They can be applied as soon as you notice a cavity.
What Are The Disadvantages Of Composite Fillings?
- They only last between 10 and 15 years. After this time, you will need to replace them with a new filling.
- They do not last as long as dental crowns and other dental restorations and are more likely to be replaced sooner.
- They are not ideal for susceptible teeth.
How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
Typically, composite fillings last 10–15 years before needing to be replaced. The amount of time a filling lasts depends on your oral hygiene. The cleaner and healthier your mouth, the longer your fillings will last. Poor oral hygiene can cause the filling to decay and break down sooner than expected.
Some factors can shorten the life of a filling, including diet and the presence of plaque and tartar. The condition of your gums can also impact the life of your fillings. If your gums are healthy, they will help to support the teeth and keep them in place.
However, if your gums are unhealthy and inflamed, they will not be able to do this, and your teeth are more likely to become loose. Loose teeth are more likely to break and need to be extracted. If your teeth become loose, your dentist will likely recommend that you have them pulled and replaced with false teeth.
Does Insurance Cover Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are typically covered by dental insurance. However, you should check with your insurance provider to be sure.
Some insurance providers will only cover the composite filling cost if you have root canal treatment. The insurance provider may only cover removing the tooth if you do not have root canal treatment.
How Much Do Composite Fillings Cost?
The cost of a composite filling will vary from one dentist to another. Factors that will impact the cost of a filling include your location and dentist, the materials used, and the complexity of the procedure.
According to the American Dental Association, the cost of a filling will range from $150 to $350. The cost of a filling is typically less than the cost of a dental crown.
Are There Any Alternatives to Composite Fillings?
If you do not want to have a composite filling, or your dentist has advised against one, your dentist may recommend that you have a dental crown.
A dental crown is a customized cap made of porcelain or composite resin designed to restore your tooth to its standard shape and function after decay or injury. It is placed over the tooth and adheres to the surrounding teeth.
Dental crowns are more potent than a filling and last longer. It is ideal for highly sensitive teeth, teeth that have had root canal treatment, or teeth that have had large fillings. If you have a dental crown, you will need to clean your teeth more thoroughly because it is visible, and you will likely touch or knock it.
How Are Dental Crowns Made?
A dental crown is made from gold, porcelain, or other materials. The crown is created in a laboratory and then placed over the tooth. Once the crown is in place, dental cement is used to hold the crown in place.
The crown is then shaped and polished to fit the tooth. The crown is designed to look like a natural tooth and blend in with the rest of your teeth. A crown will last for many years.
A composite filling is a great way to restore a tooth affected by decay to its normal shape and function. They are made of a combination of plastic and glass materials and are designed to match the natural color of your teeth, making them virtually invisible.
They are solid and durable, able to withstand normal chewing pressure.
When you require a filling, you can opt for a composite filling. While they are solid and durable, they only last between 10 and 15 years before they need to be replaced.
Make an Appointment With Emerald Coast Dentistry for your Dental Care
If you’re looking for quality dental care on the Emerald Coast, look no further than Emerald Coast Dentistry. Our experienced dentists and hygienists are committed to providing superior care in a friendly and welcoming environment.
We offer a comprehensive range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services. Our preventive care includes thorough cleanings and exams, while our restorative care includes composite fillings, crowns, implants, and more. We also offer a wide range of cosmetic procedures, such as tooth whitening and veneers, to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
With our state-of-the-art equipment and commitment to excellence, you can trust us to provide you with the best dental care possible. Schedule an appointment with us today and see why Emerald Coast Dentistry is the leading dental practice in the area.
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