No matter how much you look after your teeth, there may come a time that you need to have at least one of them filled. This is not anything that you are doing wrong; it can be due to the acidity of fruit gently eroding away the tooth. So, even if you are very healthy, you may still require a composite filling.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are a little different to the traditional gray-colored amalgam that dentists have used for over a century. Composite fillings are generally made from acrylic resin and powdered glass mixed together to give a durable shield to the teeth.
Why Get Composite Fillings?
Some of the benefits of composite fillings are:
Dentists are able to match the composite fillings to the color of your actual teeth, which makes them less noticeable to others.
Although composite fillings may not last as long as amalgam, they are still hardy and will stand you in good stead for a good period of time.
They are great for smaller fillings in teeth, which are generally near the front of the mouth, so your smile will be just as radiant.
The Process of Getting Composite Fillings
As with amalgam fillings, you will need to visit your dentist. He will then match the composite filling with your teeth. The dentist will create the composite filling for your tooth by building it in layers. Each layer will be sealed or hardened by a special light. Once the filling is the correct size, the dentist will then shape it, so it will fit your tooth. After removing the decayed part of the tooth that requires filling, it will be placed in the space. The composite filling will then be polished to finish.
Popular FAQs for Composite Fillings
How long does it take for my composite fillings to be inserted?
The process will take a little longer than if you were having amalgam fillings. This is due to the extra process of building the filling up. However, this will only be about 30 minutes longer.
Are composite fillings more expensive?
Yes, they are a little more expensive, but that is due to the extra steps taken to give you a perfect smile.
How do I keep my composite fillings white?
Research shows they can last as long as seven to 10 years, which is about as long as an amalgam filling. However, as an amalgam filling is grey and dull, your composite filling is naturally tooth colored, making it worth the small extra investment. Now, that’s something to smile about!
Why Choose Dr. Alex for Composite Fillings in NYC?
If you are nervous about visiting the dentist or would just like a little more information, Dr. Alex’s practice is here to help. Having treated thousands of patients over the years, you can be sure sensitivity, patience and understanding are top of their patient care.
Schedule an appointment with Dr Alex Midtown NYC dental offices today!