To restore a decayed tooth, we use composite porcelain fillings, which are a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile. This is done not only by changing the color of the teeth, but also by reshaping disfigured teeth.
How are composite porcelain fillings different than amalgam metal fillings?
Porcelain fillings are now the commonplace material used to restore broken and decayed teeth. Porcelain is better at strengthening teeth than old metal amalgam fillings because, unlike metal, porcelain doesn’t expand and contract depending on temperature which can damage enamel over time.
While amalgam metal fillings contain small amounts of harmful mercury, composite fillings can be mixed with chemicals like fluoride that can help protect teeth from further decay. Additionally, composite fillings are a far more visually appealing option because they blend in with teeth.
What does the procedure look like?
The dentist starts with an anesthetic to make sure you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. The decayed area of the tooth is removed from your mouth, typically with a small drill and suction, followed by application of the replaced material. The filling is applied to the teeth securely and polished to remove any feeling of grit. After a short time to settle, you’re free to enjoy improved oral health and eat once the numbing has subsided.
If you have been feeling discomfort or pain in your teeth, schedule an appointment today. A faster response allows for a better, more natural result.