Photo showing a comparison between amalgam fillings and composite.

Benefits of Composite Fillings

February 11, 2022 9:07 pm

Fillings are a great treatment for issues like cavities, cracks, and small fractures. Silver fillings do a good job, but they’re very noticeable. That’s why we like composite fillings, which are tooth-colored and natural-looking. What are the other benefits of composite fillings?

We don’t need to remove as much of your tooth

With silver fillings (also known as amalgam fillings), we need to remove a chunk of your natural tooth along with the decay. This weakens your tooth structure. When we use composite fillings, we don’t need to remove as much of the natural tooth! Your tooth stays stronger.

Composite fillings harden quickly

After Dr. Weber places the filling in the affected tooth, a special light hardens the bonding agent. This speeds up the process, so the filling is usually hardened in less than a minute. That means you can eat and drink soon after your appointment. Amalgam fillings take much longer to set.

Composite fillings aren’t as sensitive

Many people with amalgam fillings experience increased tooth sensitivity. This is due to the metal materials in the amalgam. Composite fillings, which are made from resin and other dental-safe ingredients, help insulate a tooth. You may experience sensitivity right after you get a filling, but composite fillings are less sensitive overall.

Composite fillings can be repaired

A composite filling can crack or degrade due to chewing or tooth grinding. Luckily, it’s easy to repair the filling without replacing the entire thing. We can even replace old amalgam fillings with composites! If your filling cracks, please call us before it becomes a dental emergency.

Composite fillings at Dental Solutions of Central Park in Aurora, CO

Composite fillings are popular because they are tooth-colored. However, they have other great benefits like a faster hardening time and less tooth sensitivity. We offer composite fillings at our office and are happy to answer any questions you might have. We also offer a wide range of other services. If you want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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