Composite resin fillings have become more and more popular as an option for repairing damage resulting from cavities and tooth decay. The main reason this method is such an attractive option is because the resin filling more closely matches the natural appearance of our teeth. This means that they are perfect for filling in cavities that occur in both the front and back teeth.
Another advantage of using composite resin fillings is that they do not contain mercury, which often causes long-term health problems because of the gas that gets released from this chemical over time.
What is composite resin?
Composite resin is a combination of plastic and powdered glass that closely resembles the natural look and feel of the tooth. Composite resin can improve the appearance of your smile by repairing discoloration, fixing teeth that have decayed, mending chipped teeth, closing the gaps between your teeth, and making your teeth appear more even.
How is this method applied?
Once your dentist has prepared the resin, he or she will apply the mixture in layers on the tooth. Each layer of the resin will then be hardened using a special curing light. Next, the composite will be smoothed out and polished to help prevent future staining and premature wear and tear.
What are the advantages of composite resin fillings?
- Less Drilling is required compared to other types of fillings
Composite fillings do not require that as much of the tooth be removed compared to other types of fillings. Once the filling has had the opportunity to bond with the natural tooth, the entire tooth becomes stronger overall. On the other hand, with amalgam fillings, for example, a large portion of your natural tooth must be removed along with any sections that have decayed. This can weaken the overall structure of the tooth.
- Composite fillings bond to your existing tooth
Composite fillings can be applied in two ways, as onlays or overlays. Once ready for application, your tooth will be prepped and a bonding agent will be put into your natural tooth. The onlay will be inserted and then harden as it bonds with the natural tooth, giving it added strength.
- They harden quickly
Once the filling is applied to your tooth, a special light is put inside your mouth to help the bonding agent harden faster. Typically, the filling is cured and hardened within a few seconds.
- Composite fillings can fix chipped and cracked teeth
Because of the quick bonding process, durability, and natural appearance of composite resin applications, they are an ideal option for repairing chips and cracks in teeth. This method can even be used to create resin-based veneers, giving you a perfect set of pearly whites.
- Composite fillings reduce instances of tooth sensitivity.
When compared with other types of fillings, composite resins have fewer occurrences of tooth sensitivity. This is because the resin insulates teeth from the hot and cold temperatures of the foods and drinks we consume daily. However, you should note that there could be some mild, but temporary tooth sensitivity immediately following the procedure.
- Your composite fillings can be repaired
Should your fillings begin to degrade from accidental damage caused by excessive chewing or grinding of the teeth, your dentist will be able to clean and repair your filling as necessary.
If you already have amalgam fillings, it may also be possible for your dentist to switch out your old metal fillings for composite resin ones. This removes the dangerous mercury from your mouth and will give you the smile you’ve always dreamed about.
Composite resin fillings at Albion Dental
Are you wondering if composite resin fillings are the right option for you? If so, contact Albion Dental for your consultation. We are dedicated to providing our clients with dental care that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.
We’re more than happy to explain what your options are and help you decide on a plan that meets your specific needs (and your budget). Albion Dental offers composite fillings to restore your smile from tooth decay, chips, cracks, and cavities. We can even replace old amalgam fillings.
Let us help you improve the appearance and health of your smile. Call us today at 626-387-3044 for more information.