A composite filling is a material made of glass and plastic that is tooth-colored and used to repair damaged or decayed teeth.
Composites are also used to match the colour of teeth or shape teeth that are misshaped in order to improve the appearance of the smile.
Uses for dental composites include
- filling a tooth’s cavity after decay or caries.
- preparing cavities for filling.
repairing (Diastema) spaces between teeth.
- little tooth contouring.
- crowns in partials on a single tooth.
Composite fillings have the advantages of the ability to
- precisely match the color of neighboring teeth.
- Micromechanically composite bonds to tooth structure, By doing this, the tooth’s structure is strengthened and its natural physical integrity is returned.
- Less healthy tooth must be removed in order to perform a composite restoration.
- Alternative to dental crowns that is less expensive and more conventional.
- Using composite fillings, damaged, worn, or chipped teeth can be restored.
- A composite filling can be corrected with minimal damage by adding more composite.
- less exposure to mercury for the patient and the dentist.
- Corrosion cannot occur in Composite Restoration.
Disadvantages of Composite
Secondary caries may be brought on by composite shrinkage.
Under the strain of chewing, composite fillings could not survive as long as amalgam fillings.
Composite may break away from the tooth.
Only qualified dentists or dental specialists may place composite fillings or restorations.