In our image conscious society, the natural look of composite fillings means that they have become more popular than metal (gold) or amalgam fillings. They can be made to match the color of your teeth. And anything that improves self-image also boosts self-confidence, so this is a good thing.
Composite fillings can be used on all teeth, front and back, and stand up well to the natural pressure of chewing. They are best suited to small fillings or fractures. Some dental insurance plans may not cover them because they are more expensive than amalgams. Be aware that opinions vary as regards the durability and longevity of composite fillings. However, all fillings have a finite life span in any case.
One reason why they are more expensive than amalgam fillings is because the procedure takes longer. This is because the area to be filled needs to be kept perfectly dry and free from moisture while the filling is being applied. However, more and more patients feel that composites are worth a little extra for the natural looking cosmetic effect that provides a feel-good factor.
Don’t forget that it’s far better to avoid fillings in the first place. Practice sensible dental hygiene by incorporating these four simple practices into your health routine:
- Visit you dentist for a checkup every six months
- Avoid over indulgence in sugary snacks and soft drinks
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily and use a fluoride toothpaste
- Floss between your teeth daily
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