What are Fibre-Reinforced Composites?
Fibre reinforced composite that uses the power of fibre to provide both flexibility and strength to direct white filling material. This can be used to restore teeth in a number of ways that were previously thought to not be restorable.
Technology that was once used exclusively in boats, aircrafts and F1 cars to provide strength in lightweight and thin sections.
With advances in technology fibres typically form long thin strands of glass fibre that are aligned as meshes or strips by hand to connect teeth together, reinforce cracked or undermined teeth or support crowns and bridges or temporarily replace teeth within the day.
Combining strength and aesthetics allows the ability to restore teeth conservatively with the least amount of drilling of natural tooth structure thus allow long-term restoration of teeth that would otherwise ebben extracted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, they can resist much more loads than normal filling materials, although not as strong as cast metal. It is cheaper, quicker and involves less drilling to natural sound tooth tissue.
There are many variables and so is a difficult question to answer as it will depend on how big the filling is, how much tooth there is to stick to, how well they have been looked after and how well looked after the tooth is.
However, one of the best assets is that the restorations can be repaired within the mouth, unlike cast restorations, which usually need to be replaced. Due to the material having similar flexibility as enamel and dentine so can move and flex with the tooth protecting it from damaging stresses.
Usually the treatment can be performed one the same day and within the hour.