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What Is A Composite Filling?

When you begin exploring the options available for restorative dentistry, the field of dental care that helps restore your teeth through repair or replacement, you’ll begin to notice there are quite a few options available. Among these options, you’ll find composite resin fillings, a form of restoration that is created from a combination of glass and plastic to reinforce, repair, and restore teeth that have become decayed. Composites can also be used to help create an improved appearance through cosmetic dentistry by altering the color of your teeth or correcting ones that are disfigured.

How Are Composite Fillings Placed?

Your dentist will begin by preparing your teeth for the composite filling to be installed. During this process, your dentist will remove the existing decay and reshape the rough edges of your tooth to better aid the composite in adhering. They will then place the composite into your teeth layer after layer, curing each layer with a special light that will help it harden. As he finishes the filling he will shape it in a way that will compliment your other teeth, making your smile appear as natural as possible. The final step involves the polishing of the composite, a process that helps to prevent wear and staining.

What Do Composite Fillings Cost?

While many patients prefer the appearance of composite fillings, they are approximately twice the cost of the silver fillings that are available. In many cases the insurance will cover the cost of a silver filling, allowing the patient to opt for the composite filling by paying the difference. Every year composite technology is improved, driving the cost of this restoration down. In time insurance companies will likely be paying the whole cost as their price comes in line with silver amalgams.

What Advantages Do I Get With Composites?

One of the main reasons that patients opt for composites is their natural appearance, the result of a material that can be carefully shaded to match your natural teeth. The composites also form a more solid bond with the material of the tooth, preventing them from falling out or becoming damaged over time. They also don’t have the same sensitivity to temperature changes that silver amalgam fillings can have.

Are There Any Disadvantages?

One of the most common disadvantages of having composite fillings done is a period of sensitivity following the operation. While the color of the composite can be tinted at the time of installation, it isn’t stain proof and can take up the color of staining foods like coffee or tea. An additional fee can be charged to allow for the installation of a plastic coating to protect the tooth against staining.

If you have any more questions about composite fillings or other options for restorative dentistry, make a call to AppleTree Dental in Tigard OR. Along with this team of hygienists and dental specialists Dr. Scott Simpson has been serving his local community. His team helps families decide which restoration options are right for them and providing excellent preventative care, and will be happy to serve yours.

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