Frequently Asked Questions
How do dental composite fillings compare with amalgam fillings?
Composite fillings are made of a ceramic and plastic compound, which gives them the ability to have different shades, thus matching the color of a natural tooth. These types of fillings are chemically bonded to the tooth. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are made of a metal alloy. Though the procedure is similar for both, an amalgam filling requires the removal of more tooth structure since it involves mechanical retention. It’s important to note that each type of filling may cause sensitivity after treatment.
What are the most common and best composite filling materials?
The best filling material is no filling material. Nothing is better than your God-given tooth structure, which is why proper oral hygiene is essential. Having said that, composite fillings are made up of core materials of small and large particles of ground amorphous silica and quartz. At Champions Dental, we utilize the most-researched materials when performing a composite filling procedure.
Can dental composite fillings cause side effects?
A possible side effect of a composite filling is sensitivity. For a large composite filling, sensitivity may last 4-6 weeks for some patients. However, most patients experience no sensitivity at all. This type of procedure is technique-sensitive. The appropriate attention to detail and dental expertise minimize any discomfort felt during or after the procedure.
Are composite dental fillings safe?
Yes, they are safe and provide excellent durability and resistance to fracture. Composite fillings are designed to take on a lot of force for chewing and are a great choice when patients want a more natural looking solution to restoring form and function to damaged teeth.
Do composite dental fillings contain BPA?
Yes, most composite dental fillings contain BPA as a degradation by-product and trace amounts of BPA are found in fabricating dental composites. Having said that, studies have shown that the amount present is insufficient to cause harm to the body. After the placement of the filling or sealant, the release of BPA is at its maximum. If your dentist polishes the sealant or filling, the chances of BPA release are significantly decreased.
Are composite dental fillings covered by insurance companies?
Yes, composite fillings are covered by most insurance companies. However, it’s best to check with your insurance provider to determine your specific coverage. In some cases, insurance companies decide to only cover amalgam fillings. It’s important to note that most dentists do not provide these types of fillings due to the mercury content in the material.
Can composite dental fillings cause sensitivity in the mouth?
Yes, composite and silver fillings may cause sensitivity. Composite fillings are technique-sensitive and are dependent on moisture control and whether or not your dentist follows all manufacturing instructions with the etch, bond, and filling material. Provided your dentist follows all necessary steps, including using incremental layering to minimize post op sensitivity and taking the oxygen inhibiting layer into account after curing the final composite, any discomfort after the procedure will be minimized.