Fillings have been used for years to repair minor imperfections such as small cracks and decay in teeth, but no longer is it necessary to settle with unsightly gray, metal fillings. Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings. They are made out of resin and are toughened with particles of glass quartz. They are then shaped to imitate the properties of the tooth. These metal free fillings look very natural.
With these fillings, teeth are less susceptible to breaking then they will be with traditional amalgam fillings. Many patients that have had their old amalgam fillings replaced have reported that their teeth are less susceptible to sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks.
These fillings blend in nicely with the patients existing teeth. Not only do they look beautiful in comparison to the older, gray restorations, but they are also strong and will provide functionality for years to come when properly cared for. Composite fillings, because they bond to your teeth, restore much of the strength that your teeth originally had. Most people feel confident and comfortable when they use these restorations.
If you have old metal fillings present, it is possible to have them removed and replaced with new composite fillings. The dentist will be able to remove the old metal fillings and any weakened area of the tooth, or teeth. Next they will create a new, whiter, composite filling and bond it into place.
Composite fillings, because they take longer to do and require the dentist to have a special skill, can cost more than traditional fillings. For this reason, the dental insurance company you use may not seem to cover as much of the bill as you might expect. Most insurance companies will only cover up to a certain amount, regardless to the type of filing you choose. In spite of the added cost, those that have had them done would never go back to old, metal fillings. For most, the benefits outweigh the expense.