Dental composite restoration is a tooth colored white filling procedure. It is performed to treat a tooth with a cavity or fracture.
- Dental composite is a tooth colored resin filling so it looks like a natural tooth structure.
- It needs minimal tooth structure removal.
- It does not have any mercury.
- It has less tendency to fracture.
- It does not stain teeth or gums.
- It has Bis-GMA that may be associated with some side effects. According to FDA, there is no strong association of dental composite restorations with any medical conditions.
- Removal of cavity.
- Application of etchant to area.
- Application of bond or glue to area.
- Filling the cavity with dental composite.
- Curing to complete restoration.
- Polishing and adjustments.
Average life of a resin filling is around 5-7 years. If a patient needs replacement of white filling, it is because of recurrent caries or cavity around old filling.
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