Composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are a good choice for the individuals who wish for more natural looking fillings. These are usually used on either the front or back of your teeth. They have good durability and resistance power to fit in small- to mid-size fillings that need to survive moderate pressure due to chewing.
Composite fillings can usually be placed in a single appointment. Though the tooth is insensitive, your dental surgeon will remove decay, as needed. The space will be cleaned thoroughly and prepared carefully before placing the new filling. If the decay was near your tooth nerve, our dentist will suggest applying certain medication for better protection. The composite filling will then be precisely shaped, placed and finally polished that helps to restore the tooth to its original shape and function.
You will experience some sensitivity to hot and cold food and drinks after the fillings are placed. This will subside soon after your tooth adjusts with new filling.
Our dentist will give instructions for proper care after the treatment is done. By practicing good dental hygiene practices, eating healthy foods and going for dental visits regularly, you can improve the filling’s lifetime.
Dental amalgam is the mixture of silver, mercury, copper and tin. Mercury makes up nearly 50% of the compound that binds the metals together to make a strong and durable filling.
Although we cannot provide a definitive answer on how long your dental filling will last, we can tell you that a filling is not made to last forever. Composite fillings wear out much sooner than other fillings and the life span is usually five years.