Composite Fillings, A Subtle Cavity Treatment
Composite fillings can serve many purposes in dental treatments. Their tooth-colored appearance blends in with the color of your teeth to treat cavities discreetly. Composite fillings can also be used to fix a chipped or cracked tooth, rebuild a broken tooth, or as a teeth gap filling to close a gap in your front teeth to make your smile more pleasing. At Greenbelt Dental Health, we offer biocompatible and esthetic composite filling treatments to our patients in Austin, Texas, and surrounding communities.
What are Composite Fillings?
Dentists generally rely on two types of fillings when treating cavities: silver amalgam and composite resin. Although silver amalgam fillings can treat decay, their metallic color stands out when you smile and can affect your health. In contrast, composite fillings are composed of tooth-colored resin mixed with glass fillers. These fillings are durable, affordable, and inconspicuous as they blend in with your teeth, protecting your smile naturally. Composite fillings can be used on front teeth, back teeth, or anywhere they’re needed to treat decay or repair minor imperfections that detract from your smile’s appearance.
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Reasons to Consider Composite Fillings
Although treating cavities is the main purpose of composite fillings, Dr. Christopher Naranjo may use composite fillings as dental bonding to improve your smile’s appearance. Dental bonding can repair minor tooth flaws, shore up a broken tooth, conceal stains, or close gapped front teeth to give your smile a smooth, uniform appearance.
Here are some reasons to consider composite filling treatment:
- Composite fillings can be shaded to resemble the color of your natural teeth, making your treatment appear perfectly natural and appealing
- The resin material bonds well with your teeth, strengthening and supporting your tooth structure
- Composite fillings don’t contract and expand like silver amalgam fillings, so you experience less tooth sensitivity and are less likely to crack your teeth in the future
- When used as cavity treatments, composite fillings require minimal drilling and less enamel removal. This keeps more of your natural tooth structure intact