Composite Fillings in Buffalo, NY
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Composite fillings are recommended when a tooth has become weakened due to gradual wear and tear, an infection, or an injury.
Dental composite is an artificial polymer, much like Styrofoam and some forms of rubber, that is used in fillings to mimic the color and durability of natural teeth. Because its basic form is a resin, a gelatinous fluid similar to amber and shellac, dental composite can be molded to complement or complete the shape of any tooth that requires restoration. Fillings may be necessary when a tooth is cracked or chipped due to trauma or general use in order to both repair the tooth to its original form and hinder bacteria from infecting the exposed inner tissues under the enamel.
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Composite fillings are recommended when a tooth has become weakened due to gradual wear and tear, an infection, or an injury. The aging process results in a slow, steady weakening of the enamel, the white translucent substance on the surface of the teeth, and as enamel thins and dwindles in strength, it is easier for the bacteria in plaque to infiltrate a tooth, attacking and infecting the dentin and pulp within. Similarly, a lack of consistent dental care can result in the buildup of calculus (tartar) and acid-producing bacteria, the presence of which besieges the enamel and impairs its ability to regenerate. Even the healthiest and best-maintained teeth are no match for trauma, which can fracture the enamel and dentin (the middle layer) and grant bacteria direct access to the dental pulp and root of the tooth. In each of these cases, a filling is one of a small handful of options that can prevent the worsening of dental conditions and allow individuals to retain their damaged teeth.
Dental composite is a mixture of polymer resin and a thickening material such as silicon dioxide (the same molecule found in glass and quartz) or ceramic. Due to its versatility, the composite can be sculpted into the form most appropriate for filling a crack or hole in a tooth, and because it varies in color, a dentist can choose a hue most similar to that of a patient’s teeth so that the fillings blend in seamlessly after application. Dental composite easily defends teeth from further deterioration as well as everyday threats such as extreme temperatures and the regrowth of plaque. These types of fillings also have a substantial shelf life, lasting as long as a decade before maintenance or replacement may be required. Among the disadvantages of fillings made from composite resin are their unchanging color and sensitivity to moisture. Though stain resistance may seem to be an asset, because dental fillings do not cover an entire tooth, if an individual’s teeth are discolored due to dietary choices, the fillings will cling to their original color and begin to become noticeable. The installation of a filling is a simple process, but it is crucial that a tooth be completely dry before composite resin is applied, or the resin will not set and adhere properly to the tooth. Despite these drawbacks, composite resin fillings are an effective way to rehabilitate injured and degrading teeth, staving off further complications that could result in losing a tooth.
FAQ About Composite Fillings
How Long Do Composite Fillings Last?
Compared to amalgam fillings composite fillings do not last as long. Amalgam fillings last for at least 10 to 15 years. Composite fillings wear out much sooner and only last for at least 5 years. If the composite fillings are used for larger cavities and are under a lot of pressure from chewing, they will definitely not last as long as amalgam fillings.
Why Do Composite Fillings Hurt?
The pain is due to tooth sensitivity. A tooth that has recently had a filling placed will become more sensitive especially to cold and hot foods, pressure of biting and air temperature. When you have this type of pain from a filling it should go away on its own within a few weeks. If the pain does not resolve on its own it is recommended that you contact your dentist as soon as possible.
Are Composite Fillings Strong?
As mentioned above composite fillings do not last nearly as long as amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are made of a plastic and ceramic compound. These fillings are able to blend right in due to the resin mimicking the appearance of natural teeth. They are also well known for being tooth colored fillings or white fillings. Easy adhesion is also used for composite fillings, the resin bonds to the surface of your tooth.
How Much Does It Cost for Composite Fillings?
Fillings definitely range in price. Whether that be with or without insurance. The cost of fillings depends on a lot of things including how many fillings are needed along with whatever materials are used. Fillings that are tooth colored cost anywhere from $90-$250 for a single tooth or two teeth and anywhere from $150-$450 for three or more. The most expensive option is the gold or porcelain fillings, they can cost anywhere from $250-$4,500 which is all dependent on the cavity size.
Which Filling Is Better for Teeth?
The most common type of dental filling is dental amalgam. This filling is durable, strong and the least expensive. The most popular filling is the white or composite fillings. These are the most popular because they match the rest of your teeth. Ceramic fillings are also durable along with being visually appealing. They are one of the most expensive.
Do Composite Fillings Last Forever?
How long your filling lasts depends on how well you take care of your teeth along with the materials that were used. Fillings do not last forever; they last for an average of 7-10 years. Silver fillings last much longer than white fillings.
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Contact Teach Dental Group today to learn about our composite fillings services. Our experienced Buffalo dentists have been providing composite fillings and other dental restorations in Buffalo and throughout Western New York for over 40 years. We welcome the opportunity to put a smile on your face.
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