If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resin fillings. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, tooth-colored composite resin can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resin represents several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.
Because composite resin is not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually 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 resin allows 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.