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My dentist talks a lot about composite  What is it made of and how strong is it?

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Asked on 13/12/2005 12:00 am
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Composite is more flexible than porcelain.  This means that in many ways and situations, it is stronger as it is not brittle. It is softer, meaning that it is much gentler on your opposing natural teeth than porcelain.  (It will still need underlying support as with porcelain in certain situations). 

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Answered on 10/05/2006 12:00 am
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Composite is a material used to improve the appearance of your teeth.  The term composite refers to any composite material, either a plastic or resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth.  It can be used for fixing chipped or cracked teeth.  It can hide discolouration on tooth surfaces, or reduce the gaps in between teeth.   It can also be used in the form of crowns and bridges.  It offers the best colour range of products depending on the manufacturer. 


Even soft tissue can be replaced with it.  This is a good tool with implants when tissue is missing or where a bridge requires tissue around the suspended tooth.  It is versatile and covers vast areas within our profession. 


It's huge disadvantage is that it is very difficult to polish in situ and so quite often seems to discolour which is mostly due to surface roughness. 


If produced in a laboratory, these disadvantages disappear as it is much easier to polish out of the mouth.  Taking all these factors into consideration, it has to be said that some of the best restorations are a result of true dentists' skill and polishing.  They won't be apparent as composite restorations, but real teeth.   

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Composite is a material used to improve the appearance of your teeth.  The term composite refers to any composite material, either a plastic or resin, which is bonded to an existing tooth.  It can be used for fixing chipped or cracked teeth.  It can hide discolouration on tooth surfaces, or reduce the gaps in between teeth.   It can also be used in the form of crowns and bridges.  It offers the best colour range of products depending on the manufacturer. 


Even soft tissue can be replaced with it.  This is a good tool with implants when tissue is missing or where a bridge requires tissue around the suspended tooth.  It is versatile and covers vast areas within our profession. 


It's huge disadvantage is that it is very difficult to polish in situ and so quite often seems to discolour which is mostly due to surface roughness. 


If produced in a laboratory, these disadvantages disappear as it is much easier to polish out of the mouth.  Taking all these factors into consideration, it has to be said that some of the best restorations are a result of true dentists' skill and polishing.  They won't be apparent as composite restorations, but real teeth.    

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Answered on 13/12/2005 12:00 am