Konservatif Diş Tedavileri

Konservatif Diş Tedavileri


Composite Fillings

Kompozit DolguComposite fillings are applied on prepared cavities layer by layer and each of these layers are strengthened by being treated with UV light originating from a special light source. After this process has been completed, composite fillings are shaped according to other existing teeth and are later polished. The whole process takes a bit longer than the application of amalgam fillings.

Composite fillings have a life expectancy of approximately 7-10 years and this figure is very close to that of amalgam fillings. However, amalgam fillings seem to have the upper hand when relatively large fillings are required. Composite fillings resistant liquids and temperature fluctuations during the time they spend in the oral cavity. During this time, they absorb water and are subjected to dimensional changes and deformation due to changes in temperature. Although these changes occur at microscopic levels that could be measured in microns, even a small change can be sufficient for bacteria infiltration between the teeth and the filling material. In time, these leakages cause what we refer to as secondary cavities in between the fillings and patients' teeth. The fillings in question may fall off over time depending on the amount of decayed dentine that forms as a result of these leakages.

Composite fillings are comprised of various materials. They can be shaped like plastics and can be hardened using ultraviolet (UV) rays. It is a filling material used routinely in our clinic and in many developed countries. It yields especially successful results in terms of aesthetics when applied to front teeth. Extremely successful results are achieved in their implementation on chewing surfaces and frontal areas of the mouth.

As a result of the methods used for filling cavities located in between two teeth, the desired level of contact may not be obtained between teeth especially in posterior areas. In such cases, indirect filling techniques such as inlays and onlays should be preferred.

Advantages of Composite Fillings
With the use of composite fillings, teeth that could previously only stay in place and maintain their integrity with the application of porcelain crowns can now be restored without any need for the application of crowns and provide an extremely aesthetic appearance.
Application can be completed in only one session.
As there is no need to remove a substantial amount of tissue from the teeth before the filling is applied, they do not cause a lot of hard dental tissue to be lost.
They allow covering even the smallest of cavities.
Their biggest disadvantage is that they may cause sensitivity after application. The color of the fillings may change slightly due to the consumption of staining food or drinks such as coffee, tea, etc.