Composites are tooth-colored fillings that are designed to match your natural teeth color. These natural looking fillings provide durability and resistance to small or mid-sized fractures in a tooth. They are used on either front or back teeth.
Composite fillings can also be used on both the front and back teeth. As a compound comprised of a mixture of plastic and glass, Composite fillings are a popular treatment offered by Off Island Dental.
How Composite Fillings in Hilton Head, SC Works
Composite fillings are chemically bonded to teeth. This is the reason why numbing (anesthetizing) the area is necessary when removing the tooth decay. Once decay is removed, the tooth is cleaned and a primer (weak acid) is applied to the area. The primer opens pores in the enamel and dentin.
The primer opens pores in the enamel and dentin. A bonding agent is then flowed into the open pores and cured. Curing prepares the bonding agent to adhere to the tooth colored filling material. The filling material is then placed inside the tooth.
After shaping the composites to resemble the natural anatomy of your tooth, it is hardened with a strong curing light. Once the white filling hardens, your bite will be checked to make sure your teeth fit together properly.
If the tooth filling extends into the space between your teeth, the dentist will also make sure you can floss between your teeth properly.
Adjustments will be made if necessary followed by smoothing and polishing of your new filling.
Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
⦁ Brushing your teeth twice a day
⦁ Flossing daily
⦁ Cleaning your tongue daily
⦁ Eating a balanced diet
⦁ Visiting the dentist regularly
Make sure you take care of your teeth to prevent pain and further treatment.