Composite Fillings

Composite fillings in Cincinnati

Young male patient receiving fillings in Cincinnati

What are composite fillings?

For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury. It was perfectly normal to see dark grey areas in someone's mouth when they laughed.

Composite fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented. The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:
  • The size of the area that needs to be filled
  • The location of the affected area in the mouth (i.e., a tooth that is heavily relied on for chewing)
  • Allergies the patient might have
  • The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth
  • Whether it is necessary cosmetically to have a Tooth-colored filling

But today, you can get your cavities, as well as any other smaller hollow areas in your teeth, filled with composite fillings. Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth's color - so they become invisible when applied.

We also use composite fillings to restore areas of erosion, and sensitive root exposures. One of our most frequent uses of composite fillings is to repair cracked teeth. Many teeth that have had amalgam fillings become damaged due the expansion and contraction of amalgam fillings that are subjected to temperature changes in the mouth. We don't give it much thought as we eat and drink, however ice cream for dessert, followed by a cup of hot coffee does place stress on tooth enamel, over the years.

 If you are unsure about the type of filling to use, schedule an appointment today for a consultation.
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