The benefits of using composite resin fillings for cavities
If you have been told that you have a cavity, you may wonder if it is necessary to have a filling placed. Fillings are the go-to solution for patients who have been diagnosed with tooth decay. At Weatherford Advanced Dentistry in Weatherford, Texas, we are pleased to offer fillings made of composite resin for a more aesthetic approach. Dr. Chris Elliott talks with patients about their dental needs and can recommend a white cavity filling when necessary.
What is a composite filling?
A composite filling uses a composite resin, which is tooth-colored, to fill a cavity. This white cavity filling is a cosmetic solution compared to alternative materials used in the past, such as silver amalgam. This material is applied into the prepared cavity and cured using a special light. This light hardens the material and seals the tooth, making it difficult for bacteria to enter the tooth structure that was at risk before the filling was placed.
Does a composite filling look natural?
Because the composite resin material is made to match the natural tooth structure, the tooth looks completely natural after having a filling placed. The material mimics the appearance of enamel due to its appearance as it is filed and polished after placement. It can be almost impossible for anyone to know you had a filling placed thanks to the final look of the restoration immediately after the appointment. Patients with large fillings may still benefit from a dental crown over the natural tooth to protect and strengthen it.
Can you eat after a composite filling?
Yes! After your appointment, you can return to the rest of your day without interruption and enjoy food and beverages as soon as you leave the office. This is because the composite filling is hardened before the end of the appointment.
How do I find out more about composite resin fillings?
If you need dental fillings or want to replace old silver amalgam fillings, connect with Dr. Chris Elliott of Weatherford Advanced Dentistry in Weatherford, TX, to work with our team. Call (817) 753-1470 and visit our office at 181 East BB Fielder Road, Ste. #200.