A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin material used for dental restorations. It is commonly used for filling cavities, repairing chipped or broken teeth, and even for cosmetic enhancements like bonding. The composite material is designed to match the natural color of your teeth, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result compared to traditional silver amalgam fillings. At St Andrews we use high quality materials with proven longevity and aesthetics. Please ask for more information.
We are able to offer the following benefits from composite fillings
Aesthetic Appeal: – Composites are available in a variety of shades to match the natural color of your teeth. This makes them an excellent choice for front teeth or any visible areas, as they blend seamlessly with your natural smile.
Conservation of Tooth Structure: – Unlike traditional amalgam fillings, composites require less removal of healthy tooth structure during the preparation process. This helps in preserving more of the natural tooth.
Versatility: – Composites can be used for a range of dental restorations, from small cavities to larger repairs. They are versatile and can be applied to both front and back teeth.
Adhesive Bonding: – Composites bond directly to the tooth structure through adhesive techniques. This bonding helps to strengthen the tooth and can reduce the risk of fractures or damage.
Minimized Sensitivity: – Composite materials generally cause less postoperative sensitivity compared to other materials, providing a more comfortable experience for the patient.
Mercury-Free: – Unlike amalgam fillings, dental composites are mercury-free. This can be important for individuals who are concerned about potential exposure to mercury.
Quick and Convenient: – Composite treatments are often quicker than some alternative procedures. They can frequently be completed in one appointment, saving the patient time and money
Longevity: – With proper care and maintenance, composite restorations can be durable and long-lasting, offering reliable functionality over an extended period.
It’s important to note that while dental composites have many advantages, the choice of dental materials depends on various factors, including the patient’s specific needs, the location of the restoration, and the dentist’s recommendation. Always consult with your dentist to determine the most suitable treatment plan for your individual situation.