Composite Fillings in Cincinnati, OH
If left untreated, dental cavities and minor fractures can lead to far more serious problems. Metal restorations known as amalgam fillings (or silver fillings) once served a purpose but left many teeth discolored and strained due to the metal’s wedging effect. Today’s tooth-colored composite resins blend in with the tooth’s structure and are chemically linked to the tooth, resulting in a robust, long-lasting replacement.
Composites are used for both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes and are frequently used in tandem. A cavity invading the front of a tooth along the gum line, for example, may show up in your smile line. The tooth is recovered and looks better than ever when the mushy, discolored region is carefully cleaned out and replaced with a tooth-colored filling.
Composites are made out of a mixture of liquid resin and finely ground glass particles. A blue light applied directly to the composite hardens the filling material within seconds after it has been molded to the prepared tooth structure. The restoration is complete once it has been sculpted and polished to a high sheen.