Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
Composites cost more than amalgam and occasionally are not covered by some insurance plans. Also, no dental filling lasts forever. Some studies show that composite fillings can be less durable and need to be replaced more often than amalgam fillings.
It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to the popularity of cosmetic dentistry. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
Eating a balanced diet
Visiting the dentist regularly.
Schedule A Consultation
If you think you might have a cavity, dental fillings are an important part of treating tooth decay. At our Lady’s Island dentist office you can talk to Dr. Covington or Dr. DuRant about our cavity treatment options. Call 843-986-0177 or request an appointment online.