Restorative dentistry: The benefits of composite fillings

With the help of modern technology, dentistry has grown tremendously over the last four decades. In addition to offering early detection of dental diseases and virtually pain-free dentistry, dentists can design smiles that are both healthy and beautiful.

Gone are the old silver or amalgam fillings of the 1970’s. These fillings have been virtually replaced by an assortment of tooth-colored composite fillings. Composite restorations are not new in dentistry. Rather, they have transitioned from the front teeth to the entire mouth. Composites can be used to restore both small fillings in the front teeth as well as large fillings in the back teeth.

Composite fillings are being utilized for more than just their beauty.

  • Composite restorations have been clinically proven to be as strong as the silver or amalgam filling materials. They have been clinically proven to stand up to the forces of chewing and biting.
  • Compared to the formerly used silver fillings, composite fillings do not expand, contract, or conduct temperature at the same rate in response to temperature changes. This characteristic is especially important in the mouth, where it is common to enjoy hot food and very cold drinks in the same instance. Composite restorations contribute to far less sensitivity compared to amalgams.
  • With the use of bonding agents and adhesives, composites are designed to bond directly to the tooth structure. This permanent bond can effectively reduce the possibility if recurrent decay between the tooth and the filling. The bond has also been proven to strengthen the tooth, helping to hold it together.
  • Composite restorations are esthetically appealing, even in the back teeth. Even patients who have had numerous fillings in the back teeth can still open wide and laugh freely. Today’s composite materials can be polished to a high shine, able to resist pitting and staining.

Your dentist has your best interests in mind. You can feel confident in knowing that your dentist has chosen the material most suitable for your particular needs. In terms of a quality restorative material, composites meet a long list of criteria.

Contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry, a dentist serving the 78728 area, and begin enjoying the advantages of composite fillings.

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