Dental fillings are a single or combination of materials, whether composed of metals, plastics, glass, or other substances to restore and repair teeth. A common purpose of these fillings is to replace the portion of a tooth that has been removed by a dentist due to decay "cavity."
What materials are dental fillings made from?
Dental filling materials include:
Indirect fillings, resembling tooth-colored filling procedures like composite fillings, involve the production of fillings at a dental laboratory. This process requires at least two sessions for permanent placement. During the initial visit, the dentist takes an impression and forwards it to a dental lab to make indirect filling. A temporary restoration is applied temporarily. In the second visit, the temporary restoration is removed, and the indirect filling is affixed using cement.
Two types of indirect fillings:
Some FAQ Questions
How long do dental composite fillings last?
The lifespan of dental composite fillings can vary depending on factors such as the size and location of the filling, your oral hygiene habits, and the biting forces applied to the tooth. On average, composite fillings can last 5 to 10 years with proper care and regular dental check-ups.
Are dental composite fillings safe?
Yes, dental composite fillings are considered safe. They have been used in dentistry for several decades and have undergone extensive research and development. Composite fillings are free from mercury, a concern associated with amalgam fillings. They are biocompatible and provide a strong and durable restoration for your teeth.
How are dental composite fillings placed?
The placement of dental composite fillings involves several steps:
Are dental composite fillings noticeable?
No, dental composite fillings are designed to match the shade & appearance of your natural teeth, making them virtually indistinguishable. The dentist carefully selects the shade of the composite material to blend seamlessly with your tooth, ensuring a natural-looking restoration.
Can dental composite fillings be replaced?
Yes, dental composite fillings can be replaced if necessary. Over time, composite fillings may wear down, chip, or become discoloured. If your filling shows signs of deterioration or if you experience any discomfort, it is recommended to visit your dentist for an evaluation. They can determine if replacement is needed and provide you with a new composite filling to restore the tooth’s function and aesthetics.
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