According to the World Health Organization, untreated cavities are the most common dental condition worldwide, experienced by 2.3 million people with permanent teeth (adults). For many years, amalgam was the most popular material, but composite fillings have become more used lately due to their combination of looks and durability.
This article will talk about what composite resin fillings are, how long they last, and their advantages and disadvantages.
Composite resin fillings (also known as white fillings) are polymer-based materials made of free-radical polymerization, which in modern materials is visible-light initiated. They are used to fill cavities, restore tooth decay, and prevent further cavities.
Unlike classic fillings, this filling match almost invisibly with your teeth to keep them looking natural. It is customized to blend in with your natural tooth color.
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You may have heard concerns about the presence of BPA (Bisphenol A) in dental fillings.
According to the American Dental Association, there is no evidence that the low quantities of BPA found in Composite fillings pose a potential health risk for patients. However, not all of these fillings contain BPA.
So if you need to get a filling, talk to your dentist about the used material to ease your worries! If you already have composite fillings that may contain BPA, you don’t have to worry about it.
The lifespan of this material depends on several factors such as:
However, this filling last five to ten years on average.
A composite filling may satisfy your desire for a filling that looks good and doesn’t detract from your smile. Additionally, it may prevent further tooth decay from weakening your tooth.
Our dentists can talk with you about your options to ensure this is the best one for you. That way, you’ll know what to expect from your filling!