Composite fillings are fillings that are tooth-colored and typically made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. Like amalgam fillings, they are used to fill cavities caused by decay but offer the advantage of blending into teeth, providing a more attractive appearance. Composites may additionally be used cosmetically to improve the color or shape of a disfigured tooth.
The process is no different than that of getting a traditional filling. The dentist first numbs the area around the child’s tooth that requires treatment. The tooth is drilled and cleaned of any decay. The composite is then packed into the cavity and cured with a special light. After the composite hardens, the dentist files and buffs the filling to smooth the edges and ensure that the upper and lower teeth fit together properly.
The biggest advantage is the natural appearance of composite fillings. Composite fillings can be custom matched to a patient’s other teeth. Additionally, composite fillings bond more securely to teeth, providing extra support.
Twice daily brushing and daily flossing are the foundations for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. In addition, a balanced diet, rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, lean protein (such as meat, poultry, fish and eggs), and dairy products is important to the proper development of bones, teeth, and gums. Limiting sugars and starches, and brushing or at least rinsing teeth after they are consumed, is essential to preventing tooth decay that can lead to cavities and other oral health issues. In addition, children should have their teeth professionally cleaned and check out by their dentist every six months.
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