THEY ARE NOT ALL THE SAME

Dental composites, commonly described to patients as “white fillings”, are a group of restorative materials used in dentistry.

Tooth colored restoration – resin-based composite filling – is the treatments used to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure resulting from caries or external trauma.

Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles.

An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesively.

Some people may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures in the newly filled tooth for a few days or as long as a week due to

  • Tooth overheat during preparation
  • Mechanical trauma to the tooth tissue
  • Dentinal tubules contamination during preparation
  • Overdried tooth surface prior material placement
  • Chemical nature of dental material
  • Risk of microleakage
  • Polymerization shrinkage

TECHNIQUE SENSITIVE PROCEDURE

Advantages:

  • Conservative tooth preparation
  • Not only mechanical, but chemical adhesion to the tooth surface
  • Excellent seal of tooth defect
  • Good longevity with proper technique
  • Repairable