Throughout life, you may require a tooth filling for numerous reasons, such as accidents, injuries, poor oral care resulting in cavities or tooth enamel erosion, and the natural ageing process. When it comes to dental restorations, composite fillings offer an alternative to traditional metal fillings. Our clinic offers several safe and long-term treatment options, and composite fillings are among the solutions we provide to address dental concerns effectively.
What Is A Composite Filling?
Composite Restorations are white tooth-coloured fillings. Composite is a resin-based material, which is usually built up and then solidified by using a UV light.
Composite Restorations are very durable and provide highly aesthetic end results. At SmileBox Dental Clinic, our dentists use composite as the first choice of filling material, which can be placed in a single appointment.
Composite fillings are commonly used for various dental issues, including:
- Damaged teeth due to accidents, injuries, or trauma.
- Teeth affected by decay.
- Teeth worn down by bruxism (grinding or clenching).
- Class 5 Cavities – (erosions, abrasions, and wedge defects).
There are other types of restoration materials available such as Amalgam and Glass Ionomer. However, over the years Amalgam is being phased out more and more due to environmental and aesthetic reasons.
At SmileBox, we no longer offer Amalgam restorations but we do have Glass Ionomer available. Glass Ionomer is mainly used for abrasion/erosion cavities, to restore deciduous (baby) teeth and to use as a base material with Composite Restorations.
Composite Restorations can be done with or without local anaesthesia. If there is dental caries (tooth decay) to be removed then anaesthesia can be used. Therefore, you would not feel any pain.
We have various shades of composite resin material, we are able to go through these together and match your shade at your dental appointment. We strive to get the closest colour match to your natural tooth shade.
- Outstanding Aesthetics – Composite restorations provide natural-looking results, as they can be matched to the colour of the surrounding teeth, ensuring a seamless blend with the smile.
- Tooth Structure Conservation – With composite, minimal removal of healthy tooth structure is required, preserving more of the natural tooth compared to other restorative materials.
- Longevity – Composite restorations are durable and can last a considerable amount of time with proper care and maintenance.
- Repairability – In the event of damage or wear over time, composite restorations can be easily repaired without needing to replace the entire restoration.
- Strong Bonding – Composite materials bond effectively to the tooth structure, creating a stable and reliable restoration that helps prevent further decay.
- Less Complex Preparation – The process of placing composite restorations typically involves less complex tooth preparation, resulting in a more straightforward and comfortable experience for the patient.
Economical Option – Composite restorations are a cost-effective choice for dental restorations, providing excellent value for money while maintaining high-quality results.
Fillings aren’t meant to last a lifetime
While composite fillings are engineered to endure the daily stress that natural teeth withstand, they are not meant to last indefinitely. They offer a durable solution, but they are not lifelong. If you experience any issues like damage, looseness, or if the filling falls out, it can be easily replaced.