Dental Treatment in a Spa Atmosphere

6502B Steubenville Pike Pittsburgh, PA 15205 - (412) 200-2614

Composite Restorations (White Fillings)

Advantages of composites:

  1. Aesthetics - the shade / color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth
  2. Bonding to tooth structure - composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth
  3. Versatility in uses - in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth
  4. Tooth-sparing preparation - sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgams when removing decay and preparing for the filling

Disadvantages of composites:

  1. Lack of durability - composite fillings wear out sooner than amalgams (lasting at least 5 years compared with at least 10 to 15 for amalgams); in addition, they may not last as long as amalgams under the pressure of chewing and particularly if used as the filling material for large cavities
  2. Increased chair time - because of the process to apply the composite material, these fillings can take up to 20 minutes longer than amalgams to place
  3. Additional visits - if composites are used for inlays or onlays, more than one office visit may be required
  4. Chipping - depending on location, composite materials can chip off the tooth
  5. Expense - composite fillings can cost up to twice the cost of amalgams

In addition to tooth-colored, composite resin fillings, two other tooth-colored fillings exist - ceramics and glass ionomer.

Reviews from real patients:

Great kind understanding dentist and staff! Nothing but good vibes and experience! Just had sedation dental procedure all went well. All employees are helpful and kind! Highly recommend this place.

Susan Cobiseno

Pittsburgh Dental Spa
6502B Steubenville Pike
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 200-2614

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