Strengthen Your Smile with Composite Resins
Are dark fillings or tooth decay holding your smile back? Composite resins may be right for you! A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore your teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins have several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings.
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. Only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another plus? The tooth/composite bond supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes.
Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep; the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.
Tooth-Colored Fillings Keep Smiles White and Beautiful
If you need a filling, we will clean and prepare your tooth, removing all decay. To begin, we tint a bit of composite resin to match your tooth color and apply the material to your cavity. A curing light is used to harden the resin. Once finished, we smooth and polish the filling so that it looks and feels like natural tooth structure.
We use only tooth-colored fillings called composite resins because they create solid, natural looking repairs. Traditional amalgam fillings often crack or leak over time, but tooth-colored fillings bond with tooth structure to reinforce the existing tooth.