Benefits You Didn’t Know About Composite Fillings

Having a cavity today doesn’t automatically mean you need an obvious silver (amalgam) filling today. At River View Smile Center, we offer our patients several filling options, including composite fillings. While not the right choice for every situation, composite fillings do have their benefits.

A More Pleasing Cosmetic Appearance

Composite fillings offer a less obvious way to fill a cavity. Unlike with silver fillings, other than you and our staff, no one will know that you had a cavity. Composite fillings resemble the enamel of your other teeth, so it blends right in with the rest of your mouth, whereas silver fillings stand out when you talk or smile. In fact, we use composite fillings often in front teeth in order to avoid compromising a patient’s smile.

Keep More of Your Natural Tooth

Composite fillings require less removal of your tooth’s enamel. After we remove the decayed portion of your tooth, we can fill it with the composite filling. Because composite resin bonds well with your enamel, you can have a stronger tooth after the filling. Silver (amalgam) fillings, on the other hand, require removal of an excessive part of your tooth, leaving you with a weaker tooth that may have issues down the road if the filling breaks or comes loose.

You May Have Less Tooth Sensitivity

Removing less of your tooth’s enamel leaves more protection of the interior of your tooth (the dentin). You may experience less tooth sensitivity because of this. Exposed dentin makes eating or drinking hot or cold foods difficult because the extreme temperatures hit the nerve of the tooth, causing pain/sensitivity. Composite fillings help reduce this risk.

We Can Easily Repair a Composite Filling

Life happens and fillings crack. Unlike silver fillings, we can simply repair the cracked filling rather than removing the entire filling and starting from scratch. Resin fillings require very little drilling, so you don’t have to worry about dealing with another invasive procedure and recovery time after repairing the filling.

We offer composite resin fillings for anterior teeth as well as mildly decayed posterior teeth. The natural appearance and strength composite fillings provide help restore your decayed teeth while maintaining the aesthetic appeal of your smile. Call the experts at River Valley Smile Center at 479-646-0706 to learn more about your options for fillings to see if composite resin may be a good option for you.