How would you feel if you were provided with an option to fill your tooth with a color that blends with your natural teeth? No more metal fillings; great, right?
Several research and studies have attested to the clean and safe process of tooth-colored fillings together with the permanent effect that they provide.
It is the best option to “metallic fillings,” which, of course, is quickly noticed – also, it safeguards the tooth structure. No doubt, dentists have attested to the gradual evolution from the conventional metal filing to a more natural and convenient Tooth-Colored filling.
Tooth-Colored fillings consist of a mixture of plastic resins and silica fillers which share some characteristics with the natural tooth. Some of these qualities include transparency and resistance to abrasion. It also helps to reinforce the teeth.
To provide better clarity regarding why you would choose a composite tooth-colored restoration, let us consider the processes that are involved in this treatment.
The Filling Process
Decay and chipping are two common reasons that warrant the process of tooth filling. Regardless of the material for the filling that we want to use, the same process is involved in all cases. The first step is to diagnose the tooth, followed by the administration of anesthesia (usually a numbing injection) to the affected areas. Then, the tooth is prepared by eliminating the decay and getting it ready for restoration.
The next stage is to fill the tooth with the appropriate material, and the process becomes complete when the content has successfully bonded to the tooth structure.
Now, this is the principal difference between the “metal filling” and “composite resin filling.” The former requires us to reshape the tooth by making some undercuts which are essential for proper bonding of the filling material.
However, the process can result in the loss of some tooth material and structure, which makes it exposed to the risk of cracking.
Nevertheless, composite resin filling does not involve these undercuts because they bind directly with the already prepared tooth’s structure. Hence, it helps to preserve the healthy tooth component leading to more permanent restoration.
When To Use Tooth-Colored Fillings
We generally apply composite resin restoration for cases that involve minimal or modest treatments, which, of course, are more prevalent. The fillings are durable, resistant to fractures, and can resist the pressure from chewing.
The process can take place within a single appointment with your dentist but can go beyond that if it is more complicated. In such a case, the dentist will have to prepare an artificial tooth structure that will replace the affected tooth pending when the filling is completed on the affected tooth. Afterward, the material is removed, treated, and the filled tooth is bonded back to its position.
Whatever cases you might be experiencing, it is safer to consult your dentist than to assume the extent of your decay. We are always available to listen to your complaints and provide the best solution that will give a long-lasting effect on your case. Either ways, our utmost priority is to bring about the perfect smile that you desire.