Fillings are a great alternative to veneers and can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or misaligned
What are composite fillings?
Fillings are a simple cosmetic procedure to repair chips, cracks, discoloration and other issues regarding the aesthetics of your teeth.
How does it work?
The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a liquid bonding solution.
The liquid has a composite resin placed over it and is sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist.
Then the material is hardened using an ultraviolet light. Once hardened, the resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished off to a natural appearance.
Considerations for you
Fillings can often be completed in a single office visit and can improve the appearance of a tooth significantly.
However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel, it is more likely to stain, chip or break than natural teeth.
How long do composite fillings last for?
Fillings typically lasts three to five years before need of repair. However it depends on how much the patient cares for their oral health.
The risks of composite fillings?
The composite resin used for fillings is not as durable or strong as a natural tooth, so it may chip away over time. These issues are rare for other cosmetic treatments such as crowns and veneers which are extremely durable and strong
Overtime these fillings may become stained or discolored due to normal wear and tear, food & liquids that are consumed such as coffee and wine.