What are fillings and what are resin fillings?
Dental fillings are a type of dental restoration that uses restorative material to restore the functionality and integrity of the patient’s teeth. The teeth may lose its structure due to dental caries, external trauma, tooth decay, or infection. The aim of using dental fillings is to improve the aesthetic as well as the functioning aspects of the patient’s teeth. Dentist at the Family Dental Group in New York City have been using various types of materials for dental fillings, and the dental composite resins are one of the most useful types in this category. The use of resin as an inert filling material has increased in demand because of certain qualities such as aesthetic appeal, insolubility, indifference to dehydration, easily manipulated, and inexpensive. Unlike other materials that are just used to fill a hole and may require additional structures to retain or hold the filling in, composite resin fillings are used with dentin and efficiently bond with the tooth’s enamel to effectively restore it back with uncanny closeness to its previous physical integrity.
What are fillings or resins made of?
Composite resin fillings are materials that are designed to restore teeth aesthetically. They are composed of glass or quartz components that are added to a resin medium to produce a filling that closely resembles the look of natural teeth. The mixture of glass and plastic does not contain any metal and can, therefore, be shaped to resemble a real tooth. This property has found great use for repairing chipped teeth in front of the patient’s mouth. Onlookers can hardly tell the difference between the natural tooth and the restoration. Because composite resins are so similar to natural teeth, they have allowed dentists to cosmetically treat cavities without the use of more invasive techniques.
How are fillings or resins applied to the teeth?
The dentist will check for cavities and tooth decay and put the affected tooth under local anesthesia so that he can drill into the tooth and create a clean cavity that is now free from tooth decay. The dentist will place the composite resin fillings in layers and he will cure each layer using a specialized light fixture to harden the filling. When the entire cavity has been filled, the dentist can proceed to shaping the composite resin filling to create a custom fit for the patient’s tooth. The finished restoration will then be polished to prevent it from becoming easily stained and also to avoid early wear.
What are the advantages of using fillings or resins?
A composite resin filling does not require a very large cavity in order to bind with the tooth. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite resin fillings only require the diseased part of the tooth to be drilled away, a technique that essentially preserves tooth structure. Resin fillings, when bonded to the tooth, can handle the pressure from chewing very well. They support tooth structure from within, insulate the inside of the tooth from extreme temperatures, and remain sturdy when they are used in small to medium amounts for fillings.