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Tooth Colored Fillings are used to repair and restore the surface of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or fracture. Most commonly you hear about fillings used to treat cavities that have formed in a tooth. It is important to treat cavities in the early stages to avoid additional decay and the associated treatment.
There are multiple dental filling options available for patients today. Fillings can be made of zinc, silver, plastic, gold, amalgam, tin, and copper, but the most practical choice is resin.
Resin composite fillings are a combination of plastic and ceramic materials. Dentists prefer using these for an array of situations because it has a tooth-colored appearance, blends perfectly with any set of teeth, and is quite easy to apply.
Patients may choose to have their older, silver fillings replaced with composite fillings for the natural look they’ve been missing.
What Composite Fillings Are Used For?
Composite fillings can be used to fix:
- Teeth Cavities: dentists fill in the small cavities with composite dental fillings. It seals the gaps and prevents cavities from building again.
- Cracked Teeth: Composite dental fillings can quickly fix cracked teeth, but it cannot be used to fill in teeth that have been knocked out. There has to be enough of the tooth left for the filling to latch.
Advantages of Resin Composite Fillings
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
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