Farmington Hills Dentist Educates on Composite Material for Fillings

SmilingCoupleA composite filling is made from a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture. We have come to use this much more commonly to fill and restore decayed teeth because of the cosmetic benefits of this versatile material. Composites are not only used for filling, but also other cosmetic procedures such as dental bonding, which can perfect small flaws such as chips and fractures in your most visible teeth. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, would like to give you more details about composite-resin.

Layering Composites for Strength

For best results, your dentist will usually prepare the composite material through a layering process. By hardening the material with a special light and then adding additional layers, the filling or bonding will be strong and natural looking. The composite filling can still be shaped to perfectly fit and reinforce what remains of your natural tooth. Composite-resin can be polished to have tooth-like translucence and sheen.

Advantages and Disadvantages

On the pro side of composite fillings is the obvious aesthetic advantage. Shades can be blended to flawlessly match your surrounding teeth to where no one will be able to pick out which tooth is filled. Composites bond to your tooth very securely, which will support the remaining tooth structure very well. Insulation from bacteria and tooth-sensitivity will be provided by a composite filling. 

On the con side, there can be some initial sensitivity after getting a composite-resin filling. Stains from dark food and drinks such as berries, coffee, and tea can sometimes be troublesome when the composite discolors at a different level than your natural teeth. To combat this issue, a plastic coating can be put over the composite to prevent the color from changing. Comparative to metal fillings, composites do tend to wear out sooner. However, for many people, this is a small price to pay for the cosmetic benefits.

Farmington Hills Dentist Offers Tooth-Colored Fillings

If you are interested in a consultation for white fillings, your Farmington Hills dentist would be happy to see you. To schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)566-6490. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.