Composite resin and teeth: cosmetic or health related?

Composite resin and teeth: cosmetic or health related?
May 11th, 2016 | Blog | No comments

Composite resin (or white filling) is a tooth colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed or chipped teeth. For most people a filling is something you get for cosmetic reasons, but in truth, it can be so much more than that.

First, a chipped or decayed tooth can worsen over time, especially if you tend to use it regularly; if left unchecked, what started as a small chip can fracture beyond repair; your only choice after is going to be replacing the tooth completely.

Placing composite resin

A white filling is done in one simple sitting; after assessing the damage, the dentist will probably clean the mouth area, removing excess tartar, and preparing the area to place the resin. In some cases the dentist might reduce or reshape the tooth just a little bit so the filling can be placed effortlessly.

If a filling is needed due to cavities, then the process is a little more thorough, since, not only is the dentist replacing a missing piece, but also sanitizing the area; if a filling is placed without adequately removing all bacteria the tooth will probably worsen over time.

When does the resin harden? Immediately, once the process is completed, the dentist uses an UV light to cause a chemical reactions that hardens the resin and solidifies it into a material as good as your natural teeth.

Then what?

If the damage was relatively recent you won’t feel anything at all. But if you had several years with a chipped tooth it might take a few days before you get used to your new tooth.

Aside from protection, composite resin has other health benefits; from a psychological standpoint it will help you if you feel self-conscious about your smile. As for nutrition, you might be able to eat food you used to avoid because you were afraid of fractures. On the other, you might even change you speech pattern due to the new feeling inside your mouth.

A composite resin can withstand the same pressure that a normal tooth could, and you don’t to do anything different than what you usually do, a white filling is cleaning with just a regular toothbrush and a good toothpaste.

It might not seem like much, but here in Dental Solutions we believe that a small change can have a big impact in your life, and as such, we strive to give our best and to provide a great service with the most modern advances in dental technology.