The Advantages of Composite Dental Fillings | Eugene, OR

Greetings Eugene! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Eugene Family Dental. We hope you’re ready for the winter holidays, because they’ve arrived! It seems like just yesterday we were handing out candy to trick or treaters, and now 2016 is just a few short weeks away. The holidays are a great time filled with fun family times and delicious foods.

But amidst all the holiday hoopla, it can be easy to lose sight of your oral health. Take a minor oral health problem like a cavity. If you’re experiencing any discomfort in your mouth, it be tempting to just grab an Advil and hope for the best. But if you have an untreated cavity, it will only get worse with time.

A cavity can grow to the point that it completely endangers the health of your tooth. It can develop an infection which requires a root canal to repair. Or if it gets bad enough, you may have to get the tooth extracted- leaving you with embarrassing gap in your smile. Undergoing a simple dental fillings at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR can save you a lot of time, money, and discomfort.

Most adults will develop at least one cavity during adulthood. In the past, cavities were filled with metal amalgam material. Although this method could be effective at repairing your tooth, it left you with the unsightly appearance of metal in your smile. Even worse, metal amalgam fillings are filled with potentially harmful mercury.

But at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we have a better option: composite dental fillings. Composite dental fillings are designed to match the natural appearance of your tooth. Your dental filling procedure will also be free of discomfort or pain. In today’s post, we’re going to explain the importance of a dental fillings procedure and the advantages of composite dental fillings.

Composite dental fillings are produced using a mixture of plastic and glass, called composite resin. Composite resin is used for various procedures in dentistry including cosmetic bonding, because it is durable and matches the appearance of your natural tooth. Dental composite is applied in a soft-form and then hardened after it has been shaped to match your natural tooth.

In addition to these types of dental filling looking more attractive than metal fillings, they are actually far more functional. Metal fillings are harder than your natural teeth, lacking the slight give and flexibility of your natural tooth. Chewing with a metal filling causes more force to be disturbed to your teeth, which can result in damage or fractures to the tooth. Composite dental fillings are just flexible enough to prevent this from happening.

Composite dental fillings also bond more naturally to your tooth, requiring less material to be removed from your tooth. Metal fillings require more space inside your tooth to prevent them from falling out. This small difference makes composite dental fillings far less likely to fall-out of your teeth than metal fillings, and ensures you retain the healthy portion of your tooth.

Composite dental fillings also expand and contract in the same manner as your natural teeth when exposed to variations in temperature. Because metal fillings cannot react in this manner, eating cold ice cream or piping hot soup can actually cause the metal filling to loosen.

In addition to being more durable than metal fillings, composite dental fillings are the easiest of any of the types of dental fillings to repair. Fillings can sometimes chip or become damaged; when this occurs with a solid filling the hold thing may need to be replaced. With composite dental fillings, we can simply add more composite to your tooth. This quick and simple repair can greatly expand the lifespan of your filling.

A dental fillings procedure at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, is completely comfortable. We’ll numb your mouth and clean the decay out of your tooth. Once we’ve cleaned the inside of your tooth, we fill it with composite material. Using a high power light, we then harden the composite material in place. We then match it to the shape of your natural tooth and you’re good to go!

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Do you suspect you may have a cavity? Then don’t ignore it! Contact Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, for a pain-free dental fillings procedure. You can reach our office at 458-205-5189.