Oral and facial aesthetics are equally important, in addition to function. Cosmetic dentistry aims to restore the oral form, function, and aesthetics. For this reason, cosmetic dentistry is gaining immense popularity globally. One such affordable and widely performed aesthetic procedure in cosmetic dentistry is composite fillings.
The cosmetic dentist in Fresno, CA, offers comprehensive treatments such as composite fillings with enhanced patient compliance for complete oral rehabilitation and rejuvenation.
An insight into composite fillings
Composite fillings are tooth-colored dental restorations that are a mixture of plastic (acrylic) resin reinforced with a powdered glass filler. These aesthetic fillings help restore the tooth structure that has been compromised due to caries or dental trauma. They easily blend with your natural teeth; thus, they are best suited for use in anterior (front) teeth and other visible areas of the mouth. However, they can be used for posterior teeth (premolars and molars) as well.
Reasons for using composite fillings
To correct the following dental problems:
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Diastema (space or gaps in between your teeth)
- Dental decay in the anterior teeth or in the teeth that are visible along your smile line
- The interdental areas (due to caries developing in the space between your teeth)
The potential benefits of composite fillings
- Provide good durability
- Appear naturally since they are tooth-colored and blend well
- Provide excellent fracture resistance
- Are cost-effective
- Facilitates quick procedure
- Can fix minor flaws to major damage
- Easy to maintain the results
The process of getting a composite filling
Getting a composite filling involves the following steps:
- Your dentist will first select an appropriate shade that matches your natural teeth.
- The tooth will be isolated using a rubber dam to prevent excess moisture that can interfere with the bonding of the composite material. It is then air-dried and excavated to remove the caries (decay).
- The dentist will etch and bond the tooth to create micropores in your enamel surface that lock in the composite material, ensuring an effective bonding.
- The composite material will be layered carefully, and after each layer, the material will be cured through an LED light to set it.
- The restored tooth will be shaped and polished.
- Your dentist will check your bite for any high points to make sure you are comfortable with the filling.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored, durable restorations that are increasingly popular among dentists. They help eliminate dental decay, along with revitalizing your oral aesthetics and smile.