Revolutionary technology used by Sunbury dentist to fill gap in dental fillings
When the composite fillings, that are usually used to fill the gaps between teeth, harden they can shrink from their initial set size. This may create further gaps between the teeth that will allow for the development of cavities.
When the dentist initially applies the composite filling, it is soft. This is to allow them to mold it to precisely to the size and shape they require. They then use a light source, more often than not a laser in modern dentistry, to harden it. Like most Newtonian substances it will shrink as it gets hard. This leaves tiny spaces in between the teeth that are perfect for food debris and bacteria to breed in, resuming their attack on your tooth’s enamel.
There are several different types of dental composite on the market, but it is up to the individual practitioner which one they think is best suited for the tooth restoration. It is often very difficult to determine how much the composite will shrink, and whether microscopic gaps exist that could be detrimental to the patient.
New methods of simulation have been developed in the last few years which have enabled clinicians to accurately assess this tension in composite fillings to hopefully eradicate the problem. Using the simulators they can theoretically divide the filling into thousands of parts and see how they will react with each other during the hardening process. Sunbury dentists are using the new technology to provide accurate and risk free composite fillings that will not require continual return trips to the dentist for composite repair. If you are concerned about gaps in your existing composites, it is always a good idea to check with your dentist.