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Decay Removal & Composites

Contact Us Today!The most common use for composites is as a restorative material for decayed teeth or as a replacement of previous amalgam fillings. We love composite when it is done right on the back teeth. We dislike composite fillings when they are done poorly.  Any poorly placed restoration should be replaced immediately to prevent decay and more extensive future dentistry.

Back teeth (molars and premolars) have a wedging biting action on opposing teeth. This can result in the gradual development of fractures. We see this most commonly when a tooth has had a long term amalgam filling in place. Amalgam fillings gradually wear and wedging forces can become greater over time. Composite fillings, on the other hand, wear very little and they can provide some bonding strength to hold the tooth together. In many cases, a large composite filling will be a good solution, whereas a large amalgam filling would have eventually failed.

The advantages of bonded composite fillings are:

  • Beautiful appearance
  • Excellent wear characteristics
  • Some added bonding strength for the tooth
  • May save money by preventing the need for a crown

The disadvantages of bonded composite fillings are:

  • Very technique sensitive
  • Higher fee than amalgam filling
  • Potential sensitivity requiring bite adjustment

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