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Composite Fillings in Chicago, Illinois

When a tooth becomes affected by decay, fractures, cracks, etc., it becomes necessary to remove that portion of the tooth and repair it with a composite filling.

It is best to discuss your options with your dentist because there are many composite fillings available, each with their own pros and cons. The most popular are composite fillings along with silver amalgam fillings. Composite fillings are the same color as teeth, so they are a popular option for front tooth fillings or other prominent teeth.

Composite fillings are a great idea for a long-lasting attractive smile. As a benefit, they are very durable and will last for years with good oral hygiene. However, like most restorations, they are not permanent and may eventually require replacement.

Why Composite Fillings?

  • Chipped teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Closing gaps between two teeth

What Is the Procedure for Crowns?

It usually requires one appointment to complete composite fillings. Your dentist will numb the area and remove any decay that is present. Your dentist will prepare the space by thoroughly cleaning it and shaping the surface to accept the new filling. If the decay is too close to the nerve, a topical medication will be applied for extra protection. Finally, your dentist will polish and shape your new composite filling, and your tooth will be restored. After you get composite fillings, it is normal to experience some sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods. But, as you adjust, those sensations will diminish. When your treatment is complete, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. As with all oral health, good habits at home and regular dental visits will contribute to a long life for your composite fillings.

Porcelain Crowns (Caps)

If a tooth’s structure cannot be restored with fillings or other procedures, a crown or cap may be necessary. Crowns cover the entire tooth surface, restoring its original shape and size. Porcelain is the most popular choice because it is tooth-colored. There are several types available, so talk to your dentist about your options. Porcelain crowns can be custom made to match the shape and size of your teeth, resulting in a beautiful smile that will last for years. As with all restorations, replacement may eventually be necessary.

Why Crowns?

  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Fractured fillings
  • Large fillings
  • The tooth has a root canal.
  • Cosmetic enhancement

What is the Procedure for Crowns?

Two appointments are usually necessary for a crown procedure. During the first appointment, your dentist will take several impressions (molds) that will aid in creating a customized crown.

Next, the area will be numbed and any decay will be removed. Your dentist will prepare the space by thoroughly cleaning it and shaping the surface to accept the shape of the new crown. While you wait for your crown to be prepared by the dental laboratory, a temporary crown will be used to protect the tooth.

During your second appointment, your new crown will be precisely positioned and cemented into place. Your dentist may make a few adjustments to ensure a comfortable bite and even spacing.

When your treatment is done, you will receive complete aftercare instructions. Regular dental visits are encouraged to ensure a long life for your new crown. For any unanswered questions you may have, read our FAQ page. If you feel you are a candidate for composite fillings, contact our dentist today.

Am I a Candidate for Composite Fillings?

Today, most dental offices only do composite (tooth-colored) fillings. The reasoning behind this is simple — composite fillings look better, and will generally serve the patient every bit as well as, if not better than, metal fillings. Having said that, though, we should point out that there are some circumstances where metal fillings could be the better choice. Keep reading to find out if you are a candidate for composite fillings.

About Metal Fillings

Metal or amalgam fillings are indisputably unsightly. If you have metal fillings in your front teeth, you may be the ideal candidate for composite fillings to replace them. On the other hand, if your metal fillings are in your back teeth, they will not be nearly as noticeable, and you can benefit from the additional strength that they can provide. Your back teeth are the ones that take most of the pressure when you are biting or chewing, so even though tooth-colored fillings are very strong, metal fillings will withstand more pressure for longer.

The disadvantages of metal fillings, however, may lead you to want to have them taken out and replaced with composite fillings. For one thing, metal fillings contain mercury, and no one really knows how much mercury the human body can safely tolerate. For another, you may experience sensitivity as the fillings expand and contract with heat and cold.

You probably will not want to have an amalgam filling done, but if the filling is in good shape and in your back teeth, you also may not want to have it replaced. You are always a good candidate for composite fillings if the decay is new, but if the back teeth are already filled with metal fillings, ask your dentist what kind of shape they are in and whether they should be replaced.

About Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are made from a combination of glass and acrylic and contain no mercury. This type of filling looks much better than amalgam fillings because it is colored to match the rest of your tooth. As soon as you leave the dentist office, you can bite and chew the way you always have — the tooth is ready. With metal fillings, you usually have to wait a day or two before you can use the tooth to any great extent.

Contact Us

Almost everyone is a candidate for composite fillings. If you grind your teeth or bite down hard, though, metal fillings may be more appropriate for your back teeth. To learn more, or to book an appointment, contact Dr. Harold Krinsky. Our office is located in Sauganash. You can call us at 773-685-9666, or request a consultation by using the form on our contact us page.

Toothache Causes

When a person suffers from a toothache, there can be a number of different causes including a fractured tooth, an abscessed tooth or a cavity, for example. Those who have cavities might benefit from having dental fillings. It is important to understand the composite fillings FAQ so you will have a better idea about the types of dental fillings available and whether they are the best solution for your needs.

What Types of Composite Fillings Are Available?

One of the composite fillings FAQ is: What types of dental fillings they might be able to receive? There are a number of different options available including amalgam silver fillings, gold fillings and composite resins. The composite resins are the ones that tend to appeal to most people today. These are also known as tooth-colored fillings, and they look very natural.

Are the Natural Composite Fillings Safe?

This is one of the common composite fillings FAQ. These tooth-colored fillings are made from composite resins that are entirely safe, and most people will never notice that you have them.

Are They Good for Molars?

Since there is so much pressure put on the molars while chewing, this is not typically a good use for the composite fillings. However, they do work well for the front teeth, and they work in areas where the amalgams cannot.

Are All Patients a Good Candidate for These Fillings?

Another of the composite fillings FAQ is whether these types of fillings are actually a good option for everyone. After all, wouldn’t everyone want to get these natural colored fillings? These fillings could work for most people depending on the location of the tooth that needs to be filled.

Contact Our Chicago Dentist for Dental Fillings

Our dentists in Chicago at Krinsky, DDS, can provide you with the information and care that you need so you can have a healthy smile. To learn more about what we offer, you can call us at 773-685-9666 or visit our online contact page.