The FAQs of Composite Fillings

The FAQs of Composite Fillings from Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Middletown, NYIf your child needs one or more teeth filled, composite fillings are a popular alternative to amalgam fillings. Before deciding, bring up any questions with your child's dentist.

Frequently asked questions about composite fillings

These are some of the more frequently asked questions about composite fillings.

What is a composite filling?

Composite fillings consist of a tooth-colored resin containing a plastic mixture reinforced with powdered glass material. Composite fillings provide a more natural appearance than other types because the material can match the color of the natural teeth.

What are composite fillings used for?

The composite material may also provide dental bonding treatment while repairing cracked, chipped, or broken teeth. It can also improve the appearance of an oddly shaped tooth or close unwanted spaces between teeth for a more pleasing smile.

How long does the procedure take?

The exact time to complete the filling procedure varies depending on the size and location of the cavity. Treatments using composite materials usually take about 10-20 minutes longer than amalgam.

What are the advantages of composite fillings?

The primary advantages of composite fillings are the bonding ability of the material, the ability to prevent tooth sensitivity, and the ability to match the color of the child's natural teeth.

What are the disadvantages of composite fillings?

If your child consumes food or drinks that stain the teeth, such as dark soda or sports drinks, the composite material may change colors after getting the filling. A pediatric dentist can place a clear plastic coating over the filling to prevent this. However, composite materials are less durable than amalgam and may wear out and need replacement sooner. For this reason, some pediatric dentists recommend using other materials in the back teeth where there is more bite pressure and the filling is not as visible.

How is the filling placed?

The dentist prepares the tooth and then applies the composite material in layers before hardening each one with a specialized light. Once all the layers have been applied and hardened, the dentist shapes the composite to fit the tooth and then polishes it.

Does insurance cover the cost?

It depends on your insurance plan. Composite materials usually cost more than amalgam. Some insurance plans may cover the cost up to the cost of an equivalent amalgam option, and you will pay the rest.

Can composite fillings be repaired?

If your child’s composite fillings are worn due to teeth grinding or chewing, a pediatric dentist may be able to repair them.

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Conclusion

Composite fillings have many benefits for kids and also a few drawbacks. Generally, many kids prefer the appearance of composite materials, but they cost more and may not last as long as other materials. If your child has a cavity that needs to be filled, a pediatric dentist can answer any additional questions you have and help you select the treatment method you prefer.

Request an appointment or call Hudson Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 845-363-4177 for an appointment in our Middletown office.

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