What are Composite Fillings & Are They Better?

If your dentist has recently told you that you need a filling for a cavity, that means they have identified an area of decay in your teeth. Cavities are common and usually aren’t a cause for major concern, especially if they are diagnosed and treated early. 

Your dentist will remove the decayed area of the tooth and then fill the resulting hole to prevent future decay. Dentists use a few different materials to fill cavities, including composite resins. Here is what patients with cavities should know about composite fillings, including their benefits for oral health and maintaining a beautiful smile.

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Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz fillers that have a color similar to natural teeth. Other filling materials include dental amalgam, which is made of metals and silver in color, and gold fillings, which are made of an alloy of gold and other metals.

If you have a cavity, a filling is an important restorative treatment. Without care, the decay present in a tooth can spread, leading to pain and sensitivity, infection, or loss of the tooth. 

A composite filling effectively helps seal the decayed area after your dentist has treated it. This prevents future decay and helps your tooth look and function normally.

Are Composite Fillings Better?

Composite fillings have a few benefits compared to other filling materials. Many patients prefer fillings made of composite resin because it resembles the color of natural teeth. This means composite fillings look more aesthetically pleasing, especially in cavities in the front of the mouth.

These types of fillings are also durable and effective if you need a small to mid-size filling. Your dentist may use composite resin on a front tooth or a back tooth, and you’ll be able to chew normally without worrying about the filling breaking.

However, the composite resin is more expensive than dental amalgam and not quite as strong. It can also stain just like a normal tooth. 

Most patients prefer composite fillings because they look natural. If you have questions about an upcoming filling or your choices for material, talk to your dentist about the type of filling that is best for your needs.

Explore Filling Options at Howl Dental

At Howl Dental, Dr. Howl performs cavities as part of his general dentistry services. His goal is always to balance your oral health needs with your aesthetic concerns. So if you need a filling, schedule an appointment at Howl Dental today.