Composite Fillings in Adults – What you need to Know
What are Composite Fillings? – Composite Fillings in Adults
Composite or tooth-colored fillings are a popular option for filling cavities in adults. They are made of a glass or quartz filler mixture in a resin medium that produces a natural-looking tooth-colored filling.
The composite filling material bonds directly to the tooth, allowing the dentist to preserve more of the natural structure. This bonding process also strengthens the tooth, making it less likely to break or crack.
Composite fillings are often used to repair small to medium-sized cavities, chips, or cracks in teeth. They can also replace old or worn-out amalgam (silver) fillings.
Our team of cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dental Clinic East Delhi will comprehensively examine your current dental status before starting the treatment. In the information provided below, we will briefly discuss th advantages, procedures, and aftercare of composite fillings.
Advantages of Composite Fillings in Adults
- Aesthetic appeal: Composite fillings are tooth-colored, blending in with the natural color of your teeth, unlike silver (amalgam) fillings that are more noticeable when you smile or talk.
- Versatility: Composite fillings can restore teeth with decay, cracks, chips, or other minor damage.
- Conservative approach: Since composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, they require less removal of healthy tooth structure than traditional amalgam fillings.
- Reduced sensitivity: Composite fillings are less likely to cause tooth sensitivity than other fillings.
- Strength and durability: Composite fillings are strong and durable and can withstand moderate chewing forces.
- Quick and easy: Composite fillings can often be placed in just one dental appointment, unlike other fillings requiring multiple visits.
- Compatibility with dental materials: Composite fillings are compatible with other dental materials, allowing for easy repairs or additional dental work in the future.
Procedure for Composite Fillings in Adults
- Removal of decay: The decayed portion of the tooth will be removed using a dental drill or laser.
- Preparation of the tooth: The tooth is prepared for the filling by cleaning and shaping the cavity. The dentist will etch the tooth with an acidic gel to create a rough surface for the filling material to bond to.
- Application of the composite filling: The composite filling material is applied in layers, and each layer is hardened with a special curing light. Once the cavity is filled, the filling is shaped and polished to match the natural contours of the tooth.
- Final check: Your dentist will check your bite and ensure the filling does not interfere with your natural bite.
Aftercare for Composite Fillings in Adults
- Avoid eating or drinking for at least 2 hours after the procedure, to allow the filling to harden fully.
- Continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily. This will help prevent future cavities from forming.
- Avoid hard, sticky, or chewy foods that may damage or dislodge the filling.
- Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to monitor the condition of the filling and ensure good oral health.
- Consider reducing your intake of sugary foods and drinks to help prevent future cavities.