The aesthetic filling material is composite. Being shapable, it is hardened with halogen light and chemically bonded to the tooth.
Today, the aim is to make dental treatments both visually and functionally satisfactory. Therefore, the main purpose is to ensure that the fillings are similar to natural teeth in shape and color, the filling borders are not visible, and the filling is indistinguishable from natural teeth.
It is believed that metal fillings are more durable and functional with the developing technology. However, the content of the aesthetic fillings has been reinforced, and a much longer lasting, aesthetic, and healthy structure has been adopted.
With routine oral care, there is no deformation in aesthetic fillings, any gaps or leakages. During your biannual check-ups, your aesthetic fillings are cared for, their polish is renewed, and thus, their longevity is ensured. In short, lifespan of the filling depends on how well the oral care is performed.
No, as long as your teeth are routinely cared for and if there is no decay detected in the tooth, it is not necessary to replace the aesthetic filling.
Since the level of density is close to that of the natural teeth and they chemically bond with the teeth, they are relatively more protective against possible fractures in the teeth.
You can replace your amalgam fillings with aesthetic fillings in only one session.
We are in favor of preserving the natural structure of the tooth as much as possible. Firstly, it is examined whether the teeth that are vulnerable because of large decays or fractures can be strengthened with aesthetic filling. Thanks to the advances in the composite technology, instead of porcelain veneers, teeth can be maintained with aesthetic fillings for years in most cases.
The Author of the Article: Dt. İmren Hocaoğlu.