If you are interested in removing any decay or dark fillings from your teeth to improve your smile, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A composite resin filling is used to replace or repair any decay, fractures, or cracks on a tooth. Composite resins consist of a safe and durable silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins possess 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 the color of your existing teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another advantage to composite resins is that the 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 which is 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 meaning the more natural tooth structure you keep, the greater likelihood that your teeth will be in excellent condition in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages when their composite resin fillings are first placed. We advise that patients avoid beverages like coffee and tea for these sensitivity reasons and also because it may discolor your composites (unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant). Shortly after your placement, your tooth will acclimate to the new filling and your sensitivity will subside.