‘Dental Filling’ is a procedure that involves replacing the damaged portion of a tooth with a strong, biocompatible and aesthetically pleasing dental material that is capable of restoring the dental structure and protecting it from further damage.
Composite is by far the most versatile of all materials currently being used in the field of restorative dentistry around the world. Some of the most prominent features and advantages of composite fillings over conventional amalgam fillings for instance, include:
- Structural integrity
- Outstanding aesthetics
- 100% non-toxic, non-irritant and biocompatible
- Less technique sensitive
- Can be used to restore anterior as well as posterior teeth
- Capable of withstanding all forces of mastication without fracturing
- Restored portion looks and feels exactly like a natural tooth
With composites and the right material shaping instruments, all dental morphological structures such as molar cusps can be recreated with easily and efficiently. Composites require less chair-time as compared to amalgam fillings and are currently the materials of choice for the restoration of any teeth in the oral cavity. These materials come in a variety of shades and can therefore be made to match the exact color of the patient’s natural teeth, thus eliminating any aesthetic concerns.
Not only is the use of composites limited to the restoration of damaged teeth, they can also be effectively used for gap/diastema closure, for chipped margins and for repairing minor fractures of the crowns. In a nutshell, the chemical composition and physical properties of composites make them the most versatile dental materials offering countless possibilities in the field of restorative dentistry today.
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