If you enjoy having fun with your friends out in a social place and you do not want to have to worry about who sees a silver filling when you laugh or talk, then you may want to consider a composite resin filling. After all, you do not want people to see a silver filling and think that you do not take proper care of your teeth. While we all know that a cavity can form at any point in time, some people associate cavities with poor oral hygiene and that is the last thing you want your friends to think about.
Composite resin fillings are made to be aesthetically pleasing and they are almost invisible in your mouth. The resin is designed to look as natural as possible and it is especially used on front teeth or teeth that can be easily seen.
The composite resin material consists of a quartz or glass filler that is added into a resin medium and thus the tooth colored filling is then created. This filling material was created to eliminate and offer another option to the common amalgam option, which many people already have in their mouth. Since this mixture is not made from metal, it can easily be sculpted to the tooth and will look like a real tooth too. Your friends and family will never even know that you have a filling unless you tell them, of course.
Better Options Available in Fremont, CA
Amalgam fillings were the norm and relied upon in the dental world. This is because it was the ONLY option for filling a tooth. What happened was, people who did not want the silver filling would opt in to have a different type of restoration performed and would choose the more expensive dental crown. While a dental crown can cover your tooth, and restore it cosmetically, it is not always the correct option and it can be pricey. Therefore, composite resin fillings were created.
Composite resin fillings gained a lot of popularity when they were first introduced in the 1960s, but they did not take off as well as thought simply because they were unable to be used on teeth in the back of the mouth, which meant patients still needed the amalgam options.
Later, down the road, composite resin fillings become much more durable and were designed to last a lifetime in the mouth and be used on any teeth that need them. Today, composite resin fillings can be placed in any of your teeth and will hold up under the pressures you place on them.
What to Expect at Your Appointment
When you come into Greenhills Dental for a composite resin filling, you will first need to have a consultation and exam performed to ensure that is the correct procedure you need. You will meet with Dr. Bien who will explain the entire procedure to you and make sure that all of your questions are answered.
Once it has been determined that you are a good candidate, you will come back into our Fremont office to have the composite filling placed. The procedure for this type of filling is slightly more complicated than a traditional filling, but the results are lasting and once the filling is in place, it is there to stay.
Take a look at the steps in the process below:
- The tooth will be isolated from the other teeth by Dr. Bin and kept dry.
- An air abrasion tools will be used to remove the area of the tooth that is infected.
- The composite resin material is placed over top of the layers of the opening.
- A light will be used to harden the composite resin onto the tooth.
- Once the tooth has been filled, the composite resin is then shaped to look and feel like a natural tooth.
Having a composite resin filling placed on your tooth requires you to spend more time at your appointment because it does take longer than a traditional filling, but almost all patients are happy with the results they receive and continue to elect composite resin fillings for their teeth.
More to Know about Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings are ideal for your tooth and often recommended over amalgam because amalgam options tend to contract and expand when faced with heat, which then may cause the tooth to crack and become more damaged over time. Since the composite is molded and bonded onto the tooth, this does not happen and patients are able to chew better with the composite option.
Amalgam is a good and solid choice, but it is not always the preferred choice of patient simply because it does have some flaws. For example, amalgam can corrode over time and thus leave you with a filling that you are not happy with. In addition, many patients do not like the idea that amalgam is made with mercury.
Composite fillings are great for small to medium fillings, but they are not normally recommended for very large fillings and they may cost you a bit more than a traditional silver filling. In addition, they need to be replaced every ten years or so and do not last your entire lifetime.
If you are interested in amalgam or composite resin fillings, now is the time to call our Fremont office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Bien from Greenhills Dental. We will walk you through the entire process and make sure that you understand what the process involves and what you can expect from it. Some patients are not always a good candidate for the procedure and because of this, you need to have a consultation performed before the filling will be placed. Should you not be the best candidate for the procedure, Dr. Bien will let you know what her recommendations are.
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bien, call Greenhills Dental now to start the process.