Advantages of Composite Fillings

Advantages of Composite Fillings

Dec 16, 2018

Most people will have had at least one cavity by the time they are adults. At Thorncliffe Dental Centre in Toronto, ON, most cavities are successfully treated with composite fillings. There are several types of fillings available, but composite offers several advantages:

  • They are strong and flexible.
  • They are tooth-colored and blend in with teeth to create a natural-looking restoration.
  • They are more durable than metal fillings.
  • The tooth can be used immediately after being treated.

Composite filling procedure

Dental fillings can usually be placed in just one office visit. To fill a tooth, a local anesthetic will first be applied to numb the tooth and minimize pain and discomfort. The decay on the tooth will be removed using a dental drill. If the decay was very close to the pulp of the tooth, special medication will be used to prevent infection. Once the tooth has been cleaned of decay, the filling material will be placed in the space. It will be polished and filed until the desired tooth shape (to fit with the bite of the teeth) is reached. A special light will then be used to cure, or harden, the composite.

Treated teeth can usually be used shortly following the procedure, though some sensitivity to heat and cold may be experienced. It is advisable to avoid hot or cold food and drink until the anesthetic has worn off.

After-procedure oral care

With proper care, composite fillings can last for years. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your dentist in Toronto, ON for a dental cleaning and exam once every six months will help you to maximize the lifespan of your filling.

Other factors to make fillings last longer

Your dentist’s filling expertise matters on how long you will be able to use and enjoy it. You can trust that your dentist at Thorncliffe Dental has the experience and skill to place a composite filling well and make it virtually impossible to distinguish from the natural tooth.

Be careful of the pressure you put on the treated tooth – because composite is not as strong as natural teeth, too much stress can cause the tooth to fracture and/or break. Several things can determine how much pressure the tooth can withstand, from the location of the filling to how much filling material has been used. It’s best to avoid chewing exceptionally hard or crunchy items with treated teeth.

To get a cavity treated by a dentist in Toronto (M4H 1C3), contact Thorncliffe Dental today.