Composite fillings have become the more modern standard for taking care of cavities, even though amalgam (metal alloy) fillings are still used. If you go in for a filling and the dentist wants to do a composite filling and you have never had one, you will likely have a few questions. Here is a look at some of the common questions about composite fillings.
What is a composite filling made out of?
Composite fillings are made out of a blend of resin and acrylic, and the end result is a hardened plastic-like material. The fillings do not contain any metal, which has been a concern for some patients with amalgam fillings.
Can you see the filling material after it is placed?
One of the many advantages of composite fillings is the fact that they can be colored with pigmentation so they actually match the precise shade of your teeth. Therefore, the fillings are not noticeable once they are in place.
Are composite fillings going to last very long?
This is a very big concern for most people who have only ever gotten amalgam fillings. However, there is no need to be concerned, the composite filling can last just as long in most cases. Composite is a little less resilient when used in the jaw teeth which are the primary teeth for chewing, but they can last a long time just the same.
Contact Us to Find Out More About Composite Fillings
Overall, fillings can save a decaying tooth from further damage. If you need a filling, schedule an appointment with us at River City Family Dental.