Composite Resin, Tooth-Colored Fillings

Woman receiving composite fillingDespite the best efforts of patients to carefully brush and floss every day and keep up with their regular preventive dentistry appointments, most US adults still experience at least one cavity in their lifetime. Luckily for patients of White Clay Dental Associates, we use tooth-colored, composite resin fillings to repair damage from tooth decay, cracks, and minor chips in teeth. Unlike the more traditional amalgam metal filling material, composite resin leaves patients with a natural looking and feeling smile. In fact, you’ll likely forget which tooth was repaired. Contact our Newark dentist and team to find out more or schedule an appointment.

How Are Tooth-Colored Fillings Placed?

Tooth-colored, composite resin fillings are placed in just one, short visit. We begin by numbing the area around the tooth to be treated. Then, we remove the damaged dental structure and apply an etchant material. We apply the putty-like resin material onto the prepared teeth. Once the composite filling is shaped into place, we use a low heat curing light to harden the material. Finally, we polish and smooth the filling until it blends seamlessly into the natural smile line.

Amalgams VS Composite Resin fillings

Traditionally, amalgam metals were used to repair tooth decay or minor tooth chips and cracks, but there are a few drawbacks to using this material to repair teeth, including:

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings

There are many reasons we recommend composite fillings to repair minor tooth decay or damage. Some of the benefits of this restorative dentistry solution include:

Cosmetic Bonding

If you want to improve the appearance of your smile, dental bonding treatment using composite resin filling material may be a great, one-visit solution. We simply use the tooth-colored filling material to fill in gaps between teeth, cover deep set stains, or otherwise improve the appearance of your smile. For patients with just a few minor cosmetic flaws, bonding may be the ideal solution.