What is tooth filling and what is the importance of composite filling?
What is tooth filling?
When the decayed portion of the tooth is removed from a cavity, the dentist “fills” the hollow with “fillings.” Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken tooth due to nail biting or grinding.
There are various types of filling material available today. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings.
Here we will discuss about composite fillings.
Are composite fillings permanent?
Composite filling uses resin as a material to treat decay. Composite fillings, which is considered as the more aesthetic replacement of the traditional amalgam fillings, is made up of a few substances like fine glass and plastic.
This material does not contain metal or mercury making it very close to the shade of your natural teeth and can easily be used for the frontal tooth.
We have to admit that composite fillings are not as durable as the amalgam fillings but it can still last many years. Composite fillings are known to last 5 years, sometimes, it can also go up to 10.
There are certain factors that impact the longevity of composite fillings. For instance, frequent grinding, clenching of teeth and chewing can wear composite fillings out soon. Therefore, they are normally not used for the molars.
If you drink cold, icy drinks and are into alcohol, it can develop issues with your composite fillings. It is also important that you maintain a good oral health to ensure a longer shelf life of the composite fillings.