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White Fillings & Dental Composites
White fillings are commonly referred to as Dental Composite Resins – or Composites. They are a resin-based tooth colored filling material composed of plastic and glass materials. For those of you concerned about the effects of BPA, you will be happy to learn that most composite materials today are comprised of Bis-GMA and other dimethacrylate monimers, fillers like silicates, and a photo initiator.
Dr. Tina is highly experienced at placing composite bonding and dental restorations and would be happy to discuss treatment options with at your next visit.
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White Fillings & Dental Composites FAQs
When would a composite filling be an appropriate treatment option?
Composites are a good restorative option for filling small to midsize restorations due to dental caries, for repairing cracks or chips on teeth, and as a base, or build-up on a tooth ready for crown preparation.
Composite bonding is also an ideal non-invasive option for revising the look of anterior teeth should one feel hesitant in choosing porcelain veneers as a treatment option.
How long do composite fillings last?
A composite filling will last approximately five to eight years. Whereas a well-placed gold restoration could last from fifteen to thirty years, and a porcelain or zirconia restorations from ten to twenty years. However, as a filling material, gold is an inappropriate option for restoring anterior teeth, and the more expensive porcelain and zirconia options could be cost prohibitive at various times in one’s life.
What are the advantages of composite fillings?
Generally, composite fillings wear well. As a dental material, composites are resistant to temperature fluctuations in the mouth leading to lower incidence of tooth fracture. However, with continual use, grinding or bruxing, and recurrent decay, composite fillings do eventually require replacement.
As a cosmetic option, current composite bonding techniques allows for a final look that appears both real and aesthetically pleasing. Composites are also tooth-sparing as they have a chemical bonding component with application and are repairable should chips or stains occur.
Composites restoratively and cosmetically are a less expensive treatment option. They also offer versatility as composite fillings can be used to repair natural tooth structure that is small (such as chips and wear facets due to tooth grinding), and where a more comprehensive option is not indicated.
What are the disadvantages of composite fillings?
As a filling material, composites can stain, or chip and will require replacement over time, but posterior dental fillings are virtually unnoticeable and allow for a healthy appearance.
Placement is technique sensitive and requires a dry environment. A dental dam or other isolating techniques will be required during placement. And finally, the dental practitioner will require skill and training to increase the probability of successful outcomes.