The Benefits of Composite Fillings
Are you dealing with a cavity? Find out how dental fillings help!
A cavity will happen to the majority of people at some point during their lifetime. From consuming too much sugar to genetics, there are many situations that can increase our chances of developing a dental cavity. Fortunately, our Putnam, CT, dentists, Dr. Stephen Solomon and Dr. Gerald Cohen, can treat the problem and restore your smile with composite fillings.
What is a composite filling?
You probably already know about this type of filling but maybe you just haven’t heard them referred to by this name. A composite filling is a plastic material used to restore a tooth after a cavity. Composite fillings are designed to match the color of your tooth so that the filling blends right in with the rest of your smile.
What are the benefits of composite fillings?
As you may have already guessed, one of the major benefits to choosing a composite filling is that it is created to match the shade of your tooth so that no one will even know you have a filling. This is a major advantage for anyone who has ever had to get an unsightly metal filling.
Besides the fact that these kinds of fillings can treat a cavity-ridden tooth, this tooth-colored resin can also be used to cover discolorations, small gaps between teeth, repair small cracks and chips and even change the length of your teeth.
Also, as you may already imagine, a tooth that has a cavity is weaker than a healthy tooth. By bonding this filling to your teeth we can make a weak tooth strong again and prevent further damage.
Furthermore, composite fillings don’t require as much drilling or tooth enamel removal as metal fillings, which means an easier, faster and simpler tooth preparation process for you.
How long will my filling last?
The lifespan your dental filling will depend a lot on how well you care for your smile. No filling is designed to last the rest of your life. However, you can improve the longevity of your restoration by maintaining good oral hygiene and by visiting our Putnam general dentist every six months for preventive dental care. By maintaining good oral health your composite filling could last up to 12 years or more.
Do you have questions about composite fillings? Need to schedule your six-month cleaning to make sure that your smile is still cavity-free? Then turn to Stephen A. Solomon, DMD & Associates in Putnam, CT, today!