Fillings restore a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures etc. back to its normal function and shape. Different types of materials used for fillings are
- Amalgam (a metallic alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and occasionally zinc)
- Composite Resin (most commonly used today)
Composite Resin (White Filling)
Composite Resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) that can be bonded to the teeth. The fact that the resin is bonded means a seal is formed to reduce the chance of leakage (which is common with silver fillings); this also supports the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Composite Resin (White Filling) Procedure
- Everyday simple oral care is a guide to good oral health. We believe oral care first starts at home.
- Once the procedure is completed, the patient normally experiences post-operative sensitivity to hot and cold for a few days.
- Regular checkups are recommended in order to keep track of the state of the teeth.
- The dentist first removes the decayed tooth material and cleans the affected area. Next, the dentist places the composite in layers, using a light specialized to harden each layer. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear and tear.