Are Composite Fillings Safe for Teeth? Are There Any Health Concerns?

Have a cracked or fractured tooth? Is your tooth decayed? If you are suffering from any of such problems that have affected portions of a tooth then you need thorough composite filling with effective dental assistance.

What is a Composite Filling?
A composite filling is closely matched tooth-colored filling made of resin and that is used to fill the affected tooth area after removing that part. The filling is prepared in a way that it is highly strong and matches the color and shape of the existing tooth. Like with any other dental restoration, composite fillings are also not permanent but last for years and must be taken care of with good oral hygiene.

Reasons for Composite Fillings

  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Chipped tooth
  • Decayed or worn tooth
  • To close space between two teeth

What happens when you get composite fillings?
If you are having composite fillings done to your teeth, then you can expect some sensitivity to hold and cold initially, but it recedes soon as the tooth acclimatizes to the filling.

Health Concerns over Composite Fillings
Including three constituents, namely coupling agent, inorganic filler and a resin matrix, composite filling contains Bis-GMA, made from the Bisphenol-A (BPA) monomer. This element is thought to induce effects alike estrogen in human body, and therefore may raise eyebrows in people.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) is added to the fillings to improve the strength of the filling components and the flexibility of the end product to mimic the shape and functioning of the tooth naturally.

Does this cause any problem?
If we go deeply into the effects of BPA, it is linked with some health issues like disrupting hormone levels, along with affecting behavior in young children and some other issues. While this may sound alarming, the research, health experts and the US FDA has stated that the level of BPA used in composite fillings is not at all harmful, and does not cause any risk to infants, children and adults. The related health regulatory bodies have maintained that composite resins containing BPA can be safely used, as they pass through proper test and approval for use.

If we compare, daily activities of people like drinking beverages in plastic cups, wraps and bottles expose us to a higher amount of BPA than the relatively low and minimal found in composite fillings. So we can assume that composite fillings are safe to use for decayed, fractured and cracked tooth and are now becoming more popular amongst dentists for the tooth-colored finish they provide.

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