Composite is the word dentists use for white, tooth coloured, filling material. It is used in lots of situations,
The composite we use is a combination of a resin matrix and fillers, which are different types of hard silica. We work with different composites, flowable composite to put into small , non-weightbearing areas, thicker densely coloured composite, to provide the colour and strength in the main part of the cavity or bonded restoration, and more translucent composites to replicate dental enamel.
Composite can be used to open up the bite when the teeth are worn out, which restores the aesthetic appearance and improves the bite. This procedure doesn’t normally involve numbing the teeth. The composite is used to put the teeth back to their original shape which may result in opening a gap between the back teeth. Normally this is a very reliable procedure, sometimes called the Dahl technique. There is a change to the bite which is even on both sides, the signals to the brain are disrupted and it can adapt to the new bite. Over the next 6-9 months the back teeth move back into a biting position. Eating is strange at first but most people adapt to this really well. It’s a great way of gaining space when the teeth are worn out against each other.
We can expect these buildup restorations to last 5-7 years. It may be possible to keep them polished and repaired for many years. Of course when wear and smashing of the teeth has occurred previously it may keep happening so it can be necessary to protect the teeth by wearing a nightguard of hard or soft plastic material. The composite can also be considered as a precursor to eventual porcelain crowns.
For more information on composite bonding call our friendly team on 0131 225 7576.
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