Composite fillings are a relatively new innovation which can improve both the appearance and health of damaged, discoloured or decaying teeth. A composite filling is a tooth-coloured plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements like changing the colour of a tooth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Composite resins provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the stress of chewing. Dr Levi uses composite filings on both front and back teeth. They are a good choice for people who want their fillings to look as natural as possible.
Following preparation, Dr Levi applies the composite in layers, using a special light to harden each layer. When the process is finished, he carefully shapes the composite to fit the tooth, ensuring an extremely natural look is achieved. To complete the process, Dr Levi polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
Why Opt For Composite Fillings?
Until recently, dentists filled and sealed cavities almost exclusively using silver or mercury amalgam. Though useful in their time, amalgam fillings (or restorations) were not very pretty and often weakened teeth. Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to composite restorative materials as strong, safe, and more natural-looking alternatives. Composite fillings utilise a soft, white plastic substance that sets hard to mimic the appearance and utility of a natural tooth. Dr Levi, an accomplished aesthetic dentist, can blend shades to create a colour nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Dr Levi also likes that composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes. The result is an attractive white filling that has strength, resilience and a wonderfully natural look.
Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about composite fillings.