Durable and Discreet, Your Guide to Metal-Free Composite Filling
Composite metal-free fillings for teeth have made modern cavity treatment easier and more effective than ever. The sooner decay is treated with a composite filling, the sooner you can get pain relief. Treating cavities promptly will restore the health and function of your teeth and protect healthy teeth from infection. Composite metal-free fillings are both durable and discreet due to their tooth-colored appearance. You can obtain composite filling cavity treatment from Dr. Stephen Lawrence at Lawrence Dental Group in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
About Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are composed of resin mixed with glass fillers for strength and resilience. They’re used primarily for cavity treatment. Your Kingston, Pennsylvania, dentist will remove the decay and fill the hole left by the cavity with composite filling to protect it from future decay. Your treated tooth can then be used as usual again.
In addition to treating cavities, composite fillings can be used as dental bonding for:
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Building up worn or broken teeth
- Concealing stains and discolorations on your teeth
- Closing gaps between teeth
- Altering the shape or size of a tooth to make your smile more symmetrical
By matching the color of the resin material with the color of your natural teeth, it will blend in seamlessly with your smile for a natural-looking appearance.
Properties of Composite Metal Free Fillings
Composite fillings are known for their natural tooth-colored appearance, metal-free composition, and durability. With proper care, your filling can withstand years of biting, chewing, and grinding food before needing to be replaced. Composite fillings bond directly onto your teeth, strengthening them against chips, cracks, and breakage. As less enamel needs to be removed when applying this filling, your tooth retains much of its natural structure to keep it intact longer.
Before and After Treatment Image
Composite Fillings Aftercare
Once your composite filling is sealed and hardened, you can use your tooth for eating after the anesthesia from your procedure has worn off. The lifespan of your filling will depend a lot on your oral care and dietary and lifestyle habits. By taking good care of your teeth, with daily brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist for routine dental cleaning, you can increase your filling’s longevity. If your filling becomes loose, contact your dentist immediately, as your protection against decay is compromised, and your oral health is at risk.
Here are a few more tips for extending the lifespan of composite fillings:
- Rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash daily
- Restrict your intake of sugary foods and acidic drinks
- Quit smoking and avoid using tobacco products
- Use your teeth only for eating, not as tools for opening bottles or packages
- Don’t chew on pencils, pens, ice, or other hard items
By doing your part to care for your teeth, you can benefit from all that composite fillings have to offer in protecting and preserving your smile.
To schedule an appointment for composite filling treatment, contact Dr. Stephen Lawrence at Lawrence Dental Group, Kingston, PA, at (570) 852-2650.