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Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay. Dr. Lisa Crafton then uses a composite (tooth-colored) material to "fill in" the surface of the tooth after all the decay has been removed.
Reasons for Fillings
What Does a Filling Involve?
Dr. Lisa Crafton will thoroughly remove the decay that is present and prepare the tooth to successfully bond with the composite material.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining part of the natural tooth. The term composite refers to the actual filling material, which is a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium.
Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure.
In addition, composites are "bonded" or attached with adhesive to the tooth often allowing a more conservative repair. Composite fillings require that the tooth be kept clean and dry during the entire filling process, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time. The life expectancy of a tooth colored filling can depend greatly on where it is in your mouth and how heavily your teeth come together when you bite.
Composite filling material is also commonly used to repair front teeth that have chipped or worn. Where possible, aesthetic bonding of composite material to front teeth is generally much less expensive than veneers or crowns. However, bonding typically does not last as long as veneers or crowns.
Crafton Dental - 10380 Old Columbia Rd, Suite 102, Columbia, MD 21046 - (410) 381-0900
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