No one wants to find out that they’ve got a cavity, especially if you have any fear of undergoing restorative treatment. However, if you have a cavity that needs to be filled, the best dentist in North Raleigh has you covered. We don’t want any of our patients to live with the pain of a toothache, but we also want our patients to understand that it is best to seek professional treatment if you have a cavity as soon as possible to prevent the spread of cavities effectively. Our team offers an aesthetically pleasing and safe solution to cavities in the form of resin composite or tooth-colored fillings. Today we’ll discuss 6 reasons you should choose composite fillings over other materials.
What are Composite Fillings?
Composite (or tooth-colored) fillings use materials like composite resin to mimic real teeth as best as possible. Typically, they aren’t as durable as some of the more traditional materials that have been used, but they can last for many many years. However, the location of the cavity and the extent of the decay, cost of the filling material as well as your dental insurance coverage ultimately will dictate the best filling (or otherwise) solution for your mouth.
Why Choose Composite Fillings?
1. More Attractive
Aesthetically, composite fillings are generally the more attractive restorative material as compared to other options. The best North Raleigh dentist can color match the composite resin to your tooth so that the filling is less noticeable and more natural, allowing you to focus on preventing future cavities without the obvious reminder of a silver amalgam filling each day.
2. More Durable and Functional
Composite resin fillings have been adjusted throughout the years to create a more durable and functional filling material that can bond to your tooth’s structure. This allows your dentist to place smaller, more conservative fillings. With a secure bond to your teeth, all of the functionality you expect from your teeth is restored.
3. Less Removable of the Tooth Structure
Traditional fillings require your dentist to remove quite a bit of your tooth’s structure in order to place the filling. Composite fillings require much less removal of the teeth structure to make way for its placement, which means the process doesn’t take quite as long and isn’t nearly as painful as you might remember of previous treatments.
4. Quick and Easy
Years ago, a patient might have had to spend several days or weeks having their tooth filled. That is no longer the case. As soon as the numbing effects of local anesthesia kick in, your dentist can quickly and effectively apply the composite filling so that you can enjoy your restored smile in one setting and go about your day.
Composite resin fillings are widely known to be free of mercury, so patient’s safety is secured.
6. No Risk of Expanding or Contracting
Filling materials like amalgam have a tendency to expand and contract when exposed to hot or cold substances. As such, the affected tooth is more likely to break and require additional restorative treatment. There’s no such risk with composite resin fillings. However, it’s worth noting that over time, some composite resin fillings can discolor or stain from drinking dark liquids such as coffee or tea, as well as from smoking – just as your teeth can stain from the same sources.
Considering these benefits, we absolutely prefer to work with composite resin fillings and think you too are more likely to choose to have a tooth-colored filling if and when you need to have a cavity filled. However, if you have any questions or concerns about the process, call Dr. Katherine E. Garrett and schedule an appointment. New patients are always welcome, and we are proud to provide dental care for your entire family in a relaxed environment. Don’t wait until you have a dental emergency, call our office today!