Composite fillings have been used for many years and have risen in popularity due to many patients electing not to have amalgam fillings. It is also an excellent way to repair cracked, chipped and discoloured teeth. Composite resin can also be used to close gaps, improve the appearance of oddly-shaped teeth and mask imperfections, all with the intention of providing a straighter and more idealistic smile.
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The most common uses of composite resin include:
● Fillings for teeth that have fractured or have decay.
● To improve the aesthetics of discoloured or oddly-shaped front & back teeth.
● To close gappy teeth.
● To replace defective or unsightly amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings usually last between 7-12 years.
● This expected lifespan depends on how damaged the tooth was, how well the filling is placed, and how well it is taken care of by the patient.
● It is important to note that over time, staining may occur on composite resin fillings. When compared to porcelain, it is nowhere near as stain resistant, nor is it as strong.
● These fillings are moderately priced, and best used in smaller-sized restorations. They can be completed in a single appointment.
● Your dentist will advise you on the best way to take care of your composite fillings, and it usually involves remembering to brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and return for professional cleans at least twice a year.
● A night guard (splint) is often recommended to protect teeth that have had multiple composite fillings, especially at the front.