In the past, most cavities were repaired using amalgam fillings, which often detracted from a patient’s smile.
Today's modern dentistry offers composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, which restore the function of your teeth, and best of all, leave you with an attractive, seamless smile.
Composite fillings look great
Composites are made to closely match your natural tooth enamel’s color and appearance, delivering natural, virtually unnoticeable results. That is why they have become the choice restorations for repairing front teeth.
Composite fillings are versatile
Composites restore the form, function, and health of a damaged tooth. If left untreated, tooth decay can wreak havoc, potentially requiring involved treatments such as root canals, or in some cases, even tooth loss or the need for extraction. In addition to repairing decayed or damaged teeth, composites can be used to correct a tooth's size, color or shape. They can also be used to restore cracked teeth or to repair teeth worn down from grinding, a condition known as bruxism.
Composite fillings strengthen damaged teeth
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), composites offer excellent durability and resistance to fracture when used for repairing small to mid-sized cavities on teeth that experience moderate chewing pressure. Composite fillings chemically bond to teeth, restoring 85 to 95 percent of their strength.
Caring for your restorations
Your restored teeth will need the same care as your natural teeth. Regular brushing and flossing will help remove plaque and will keep your restorations clean and healthy.
Make sure to consume a balanced, healthy diet, and limit sugary foods or carbonated beverages. Avoid biting down on hard foods or objects to prevent damage to your fillings or your natural teeth. If you grind your teeth during sleep, Dr. Miller may recommend custom-made mouthguards to protect your teeth from wear or damage.
It’s imperative that you keep up with your regular dental exams and cleanings every six months. During your visits, we'll remove all the decay-causing plaque and tartar, and Dr. Miller will examine your restorations to make sure they are in tip-top shape.
Quality composite restorations in Fairbanks, AK
Contact Golden Heart to learn more about composite fillings and how they can restore the health, form, and function of your teeth. We are committed to utilizing cutting-edge technology and procedures to deliver outstanding, durable restorations. We are located in Fairbanks, AK. We often serve patients coming from the Fairbanks, Ester, and North Pole area of east-central Alaska. Call us today at 907-328-0868 to request an appointment!