Composite fillings are a more natural looking alternative to traditional amalgam (metal) fillings. Once placed they are practically undetectable and look just like your natural tooth. Composite material is composed of a mixture of ceramic and plastic compounds which is colored to match your natural tooth color. They are also used to reshape damaged or disfigured teeth.
The main benefit of composite fillings is the aesthetically pleasing look. You can’t see composite fillings since they blend perfectly with your tooth’s natural color which makes them a perfect choice for front teeth. Dr. Buckingham may also apply a sealant to the filling and your tooth to help prevent discoloration if you drink tea, coffee, or enjoy potentially tooth staining foods.
Composite fillings may be used in front or back teeth. They not only look natural, but they actually strengthen the tooth. Today’s composite fillings are long lasting and give you a natural look. The resin material comes in a large syringe and is placed into the tooth after Dr. Buckingham prepares the tooth for filling. It is then hardened with a special light. The resin is applied in thin layers with the light applied to each layer. As Dr. Buckingham applies the resin he builds up the filling until it completely fills the area and repairs the tooth.
Composite fillings not only give you a pleasing look, but last for many years because they chemically bond to the tooth. Because the composite resin bonds to your tooth there is much less drilling and preparation needed for this type of filling. Unlike amalgam fillings composite fillings do not erode over time, and they can be used to rebuild and repair your tooth.
Call or contact us today if you have any questions about composite fillings and their benefits. With today’s dental options you can have a natural and beautiful smile. We serve the entire Austin area and look forward to hearing from you!