The Pros and Cons of Composite Fillings

Getting composite fillings is something that is becoming increasingly popular. It allows you to have the fillings you may need in your front teeth, without the eyesore that comes along with a dark color. Most of the time, composite fillings are a great option. However, they are not always perfect for everyone. If you want to find out if your next fillings should be composite fillings, come in and see one of the River Valley Smile Center dentists today!

The Advantages of Getting Composite Fillings

There are many advantages to getting a composite filling, especially if the tooth is near the front of your mouth and easily seen. First, they look just like regular tooth enamel when placed and shined up. They can even be tinted to match the look of your teeth currently. Second, should your filling ever become damaged, you can easily have them repaired. Third, they become strong enough to chew on in mere seconds instead of the standard days it takes for other materials. Fourth, once they have bonded to your tooth, anywhere from 85% to 95% of the strength of the tooth is restored to your tooth. Finally, they bond directly to your tooth. Instead of having to groove or scrape the inside of the tooth, they are chemically connected to your teeth, helping them remain strong over the long-term.

The Disadvantages of Getting Composite Fillings

There are very few disadvantages of getting composite fillings. Most of the disadvantages are cosmetic or relate to their cost. First, they are a bit more expensive than a metal filling would be. Some insurance companies also will force a surcharge if a composite filling is requested instead of a metal filling. Second, a metal filling is a bit stronger, but not by that much. Finally, composite fillings, just like your teeth, are prone to staining or deteriorating when they are put through extreme circumstances. For example, frequent wine consumption is going to damage your teeth and your fillings when you opt to go with composite.

The next time you need a filling, come in and see us at River Valley Smile Center. You can speak with your River Valley Smile Center dentist about what type of filling is going to be best for your specific needs. Each tooth and each filling is unique, so find out what is going to be best for you. Give us a call and schedule your next appointment today!