Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-coloured filling.
They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins.
As a private practice we choose to use composite filling material because the final filling looks just like the original tooth and is mercury free!.
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam.
Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth. If the cavity is assessed as been ‘too large ‘ then a crown or overlay may be advised instead.
The cost is moderate and depends on the size of the filling and the technique used by the dentist to place it in the prepared tooth.
It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than what is required for an amalgam filling.
Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling. At the Harrow Dental Centre we usually use a dental dam to help keep the tooth dry during treatment .Dental dam (‘rubber dam’) has been used by the profession for over a century .It works! Fillings created under rubber dam made in a more relaxed and ideal way. Speak to a member of our team for more information.
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