Dental Composite Fillings

General dentistry

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Dental Composite Fillings

Dental composite fillings are fillings with shades matching the tooth they are chemically and mechanically attached to. With a true chameleon effect, the filling restores the missing structure of the tooth achieving excellent aesthetic results. Unlike amalgams which are attached only mechanically, composite fillings are attached chemically as well.

We use dental composite fillings:
For small and medium restorations
As an alternative for amalgam fillings
For tooth structure restorations
For correction of colour or shape of a tooth

Q&A:

What is the advantage of white composite fillings compared to gray amalgam fillings?

Composite fillings are more aesthetically acceptable and biocompatible than amalgams. Gray fillings contain mercury, which is toxic in large quantities. During regular examinations, it is more difficult to see caries under gray fillings. Also, white fillings are attached to the tooth not only mechanically but also chemically, so they are stronger and longer-lasting than gray fillings.

Why is the tooth sensitive after a filling?

If the cavity is deep, near the nerve, it is possible that the tooth will be sensitive after the filling. Mild and sharp pain then occurs most often when chewing hard food. This feeling is transient and can last from a few days to a few weeks. If the pain starts to appear on its own, it is a sign that the nerve is inflamed, and it is necessary to perform endodontic treatment on the tooth.

Can composite fillings change color?

After the composite filling is made, it is possible for the filling to change color over a certain period of time. This happens due to the frequent consumption of pigmented food and drinks (coffee, cigarettes, turmeric, tea, red wine, etc.). Such a filling can be polished to restore the initial color or after a certain time the entire filling can be replaced.

Is it possible for a composite filling to crack?

Composite fillings can crack despite their strong bond to the tooth structure. Most often, this happens in the back of the oral cavity if there is a small amount of tooth tissue left after the caries has been removed. In this case, it is recommended to make a ceramic crown that will prevent the filling and teeth from cracking. On the front teeth, composite fillings most often break off if there is a certain movement in which the upper and lower jaws come into an unfavorable position, during which the filling can break. Then it is recommended to make ceramic veneers or crowns.

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