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Composite resin fillings provide a more natural-looking solution while offering several other benefits. Let’s explore what composite resin fillings are, their advantages, the procedure for placement, and their long-term durability.

What Are Composite Resin Fillings - Anderson & BroadberryWhat Are Composite Resin Fillings?

Composite resin fillings, also known as tooth-coloured fillings or white fillings, are a type of dental restoration used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or minor fractures. They are called “composite” because they are composed of a mixture of fine glass or quartz particles suspended in a resin matrix, which can be customized to match the colour of the patient’s natural teeth.

The Advantages of Composite Resin Fillings

Here are some key characteristics and features of composite resin fillings:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: One of the primary advantages of composite resin fillings is their ability to blend seamlessly with the natural tooth colour. This makes them an ideal choice for visible teeth, as they provide an aesthetically pleasing and discreet restoration.
  2. Versatility: Composite resin fillings can be used to restore both front and back teeth. They are suitable for repairing small to moderate-sized cavities, chipped or broken teeth, and even filling gaps between teeth (diastemas).
  3. Conservative Preparation: Unlike traditional amalgam (silver) fillings, composite resin fillings require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure. This conservative preparation helps preserve more of the natural tooth.
  4. Adhesive Bonding: Composite fillings bond chemically to the tooth structure, which enhances their strength and stability. This adhesive quality allows for a more secure and durable restoration.
  5. Quick and Efficient Placement: The placement of composite resin fillings can typically be completed in one dental visit. The material is applied in layers, with each layer being cured (hardened) using a special light. This process allows for precise shaping and contouring.
  6. Reduced Sensitivity: Composite resin fillings can help reduce tooth sensitivity, which can be a common issue with other filling materials, such as amalgam.
  7. Biocompatibility: Composite resin fillings are considered biocompatible, as they do not contain mercury or other potentially harmful metals found in amalgam fillings.
  8. Repairable: If a composite resin filling becomes damaged or worn over time, it can be easily repaired or replaced by a dentist without the need for complete replacement.

Durability and Longevity of Composite Resin Fillings

Composite resin fillings are known for their durability, but their lifespan can vary depending on several factors, including oral hygiene practices, dietary habits, and the location of the filling in the mouth. With proper care and regular dental check-ups, composite resin fillings can last for many years.

Maintenance and Care Tips for Composite Resin Fillings

To maintain the longevity and appearance of your composite resin fillings, follow these care tips:

  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily.
  • Avoid biting or chewing on hard objects, such as ice or pens, as this can damage the filling.
  • Limit consumption of stain-causing substances like coffee, tea, and tobacco to prevent discoloration.
  • Visit us regularly for check-ups and professional cleanings to detect any issues early on.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Composite Resin Fillings Right for You?

Composite resin fillings are an excellent option for most individuals. They are particularly suitable for those who prioritise aesthetics and prefer a more natural-looking restoration. However, some cases may require alternative treatments, such as inlays, onlays, or crowns, depending on the extent of the damage or decay.

Book an appointment with us to determine if composite resin fillings are the best choice for your specific dental needs and goals.

Are composite resin fillings not as durable as silver amalgam fillings?

While composite resin fillings may not be as resistant to wear and tear as silver amalgam fillings, they offer sufficient durability and strength for most cases. With proper care, they can last for many years.

Are composite resin fillings more prone to staining?

Composite resin fillings can become stained over time, especially if exposed to substances like coffee, tea, or tobacco. However, regular dental cleanings and proper oral hygiene can help minimise staining.

Are composite resin fillings more expensive than silver amalgam fillings?

While composite resin fillings may have a slightly higher upfront cost compared to silver amalgam fillings, they offer superior aesthetics and a metal-free alternative. The long-term benefits and natural appearance they provide often outweigh the cost difference for many individuals.

Why Choose Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care for Fillings?

Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care - Dentist in Swallownest, SheffieldChoose Anderson & Broadberry Dental Care for your filling needs, and experience affordable, high-quality, and personalised dental care.

  • Affordable Pricing: Our amalgam fillings start from just £102, and composite fillings start from £132, providing cost-effective options for dental restorations.
  • Experienced Dentists: Our experienced dental professionals are skilled in performing both amalgam and composite fillings, ensuring excellent results.
  • Material Options: We offer a choice between amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-coloured) fillings, allowing you to select the option that best suits your needs and preferences.
  • Personalised Treatment: We provide personalised treatment plans tailored to the specific needs of each patient, ensuring optimal dental care.
  • Modern Techniques: We use the latest dental techniques and technology to perform fillings, ensuring precision, comfort, and efficiency.
  • Comfortable Environment: Our dental clinic offers a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere, making your dental visit as stress-free as possible.
  • Patient-Centred Care: Your satisfaction and well-being are our top priorities. We focus on delivering patient-centred care that exceeds expectations.
  • Comprehensive Dental Services: In addition to fillings, we offer a wide range of dental services to address all your oral health needs under one roof.
  • Preventive Approach: We emphasise preventive dentistry to help you maintain good oral health and reduce the need for extensive dental treatments.
  • Long-Lasting Solutions: Our dental fillings are designed to be durable and long-lasting, ensuring the restoration of your tooth’s functionality and appearance.

What Patients Are Saying About Us

Adam Mcskimming
Adam Mcskimming
2024-01-04
Tremendous first impression of the surgery. Person centred and went above and beyond to ensure I understood next steps. Can't speak more highly of the patient centred care.
Leah Wilson
Leah Wilson
2023-12-04
Amazing service from the receptionist, dental nurse Sam and especially Iain and Tin who has been amazing knowing how much of a anxious patient I am they are always there to support me and are extremely caring and I am very grateful for them looking after me Iain goes above and beyond each time for me and is so welcoming.
Dan Smith
Dan Smith
2023-11-23
Absolutely fantastic recent had alot of work done by Sinead and jess and they have saved my teeth not been to a dentist in over 10 years and I can say I'm not afraid to go any more , I was in a right tacking wi me mouth and now they have fixed it thank you so much
Delwar Ullah
Delwar Ullah
2023-11-21
I recently had three teas taken out at the top and because of my cerebral palsy and diabetes. I was in a lot of pain afterwards a week later I went back to the practice because it wasn’t getting any better and the pain was getting worse. My dentist Sophie was absolutely fantastic she took really good care of me And got me out of pain in no time and she was very thorough And I couldn’t thank you enough for what she had done for me. I’ve got to go back in a week to see if everything is okay no the dentist enormous 65 years in life has ever asked me to come back before but Sophie has top rank
sandra burgess
sandra burgess
2023-11-09
Fantastic dentists. The reception team are always polite and helpful. I have had a number of dentists in the 20 years I have been a customer and all have been brilliant. I am currently with Holly who is amazing and has done a wonderful job with my Invisalign and then a few cosmetic changes. She has a great assistant too, which makes a usually stressful experience into a fun one. Highly recommend.
Debbie Tunstill
Debbie Tunstill
2023-10-11
I had 3 teeth out Hanisha the dentist and Zoe the dental nurse was brilliant I have a bit of a fear of the dentist but they put me at ease could not thank them enough thank you both of you
Carol Slack
Carol Slack
2023-10-03
Very efficient, quick and absolutely pain free
Derrol Palmer
Derrol Palmer
2023-09-29
I'm a wuss when it comes to going to the dentist, but I've just had my smile spruced up by the hygienist, Sinead (hope I've spelt that right) and Sherron (hope I've got that right too) who both put me at ease with their banter and turned me out looking 10 years younger. Thanks Derrol
Kathy Wilton
Kathy Wilton
2023-09-11
This is the best dental care I’ve ever received. I’m fearful patient but.my dentist (Sophie) has always found a way to calm my anxiety and never rushed me. I asked that if it was possible for them not to tell me what they were doing if possible legally (obviously they have to tell me some things) and i know it’s silly but she didn’t make me feel silly and agreed. I have disabilities too which make laying in the chair uncomfortable but we worked out a system of me lifting my hand if I need to move while she’s working on me. My fears have always been taken into consideration and I’ve never been made to feel bad because of them (childhood trauma yay). They give me distraction techniques and said they’d stop if it got too much (so far not needed to do that). Even after telling them I’d need to be referred to hospital because of one of my conditions for extraction procedures they were great and told me that fine. I’ll never go anywhere else now. Thank you Sophie for helping get over my fears without making me feel like a baby

How to Find Us in Swallownest

We are conveniently located at 📍46 Worksop Road, Swallownest, Sheffield S26 4WD📍You can access our expert dental services by car or by  public transportation with ease. Ample parking is available.

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