Composite fillings are an excellent alternative to amalgam fillings for people who are allergic or otherwise not comfortable with a mercury-based filling. These fillings use metals, such as titanium dioxide and aluminum, to create compounds that provide the same function as amalgam fillings do. They can be placed on your teeth, providing support and preventing tooth decay. There’s a whole range of composite materials available too, so you can opt for one that is more suitable for you than others.
A Scottsdale dentist will be able to advise you on the best materials for your situation and whether using composite fillings is right for you. Your dentist will also be able to explain the various factors that are important to you when choosing composite fillings.
Let us now see into different reasons to consider getting composite fillings.
- Chipped teeth
Many people have chips in their teeth that need to be repaired. While amalgam fillings are good at holding together chipped teeth, they can still chip away. If so, you will face a large repair. Composite fillings are more shock resistant and more secure than amalgam fillings, allowing them to hold together longer than amalgam fillings. Additionally, composite fillings tend to be less brittle than amalgams and hold up well over time.
- Closing space between two teeth
A composite filling can be used to close the space between two teeth because it is able to be molded into almost any shape. In addition, since it has a tooth-like appearance and texture, it blends in well with your teeth, making it a good option for cosmetic purposes. It will not also show through the tissue around your tooth.
- Cracked or broken teeth
Composite fillings are a good option for people with cracked or broken teeth that are also susceptible to cracking. Since there is no metal in the composite filling, it helps to prevent breaking and can also fill in gaps that might have been left by broken or chipped fillings. In addition, since composite fillings are less brittle than amalgam fillings, they hold up better.
- Decayed teeth
Composite fillings can be used to fill in gaps between teeth and help preserve the integrity of the jaw. They are also ideal for filling cavities, restoring a tooth’s shape, making it less sensitive, and providing support.
- Worn teeth
Composite fillings are a good option for people who have worn teeth and need to restore them. They can be useful in replacing missing areas and providing support to your teeth as well.