Tooth coloured fillings, or composite resins, have become very popular option to restore the back teeth. They look virtually identical to natural teeth. Traditionally, they lacked the strength of amalgam fillings but recently they have been engineered to withstand the chewing forces in the back of the mouth.
|Broken Composite Resin Filling||Filling Removed|
Extensive Decay Underneath
|New Composite Resin Fillings|
Composite resins require specific techniques and a dry environment when they are placed. It is not uncommon to find that the teeth are sensitive afterwards. A bigger problem is the development of decay under these fillings over time. Fortunately, both problems can be avoided with good technique.
However, all fillings have a life span and old fillings can sometimes fracture, creating a situation where decay can develop under the filling. The first picture illustrates a broken filling and a filling with decay underneath. The second picture shows the extensive decay once the fillings have been removed. The final picture shows the new restorations which are bonded to the tooth, creating a seal from the oral bacteria. These should serve the patient well for many years to come.
It is important to have your fillings checked by a dentist on a regular basis. If not, decay underneath a filling can go undetected and cause more serious problems.