Dental Treatment
in a spa atmosphere
by Dr. Tim Runco

 

6502B Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
412-200-2614

Dental Treatment in a spa atmosphere
by Dr. Tim Runco

412-200-2614

Dental care without the scare

Composite Restorations (White Fillings)

Advantages of composites:

  1. Aesthetics - the shade / color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth
  2. Bonding to tooth structure - composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth
  3. Versatility in uses - in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth
  4. Tooth-sparing preparation - sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgams when removing decay and preparing for the filling

Disadvantages of composites:

  1. Lack of durability - composite fillings wear out sooner than amalgams (lasting at least 5 years compared with at least 10 to 15 for amalgams); in addition, they may not last as long as amalgams under the pressure of chewing and particularly if used as the filling material for large cavities
  2. Increased chair time - because of the process to apply the composite material, these fillings can take up to 20 minutes longer than amalgams to place
  3. Additional visits - if composites are used for inlays or onlays, more than one office visit may be required
  4. Chipping - depending on location, composite materials can chip off the tooth
  5. Expense - composite fillings can cost up to twice the cost of amalgams

In addition to tooth-colored, composite resin fillings, two other tooth-colored fillings exist - ceramics and glass ionomer.