Composite fillings are used to improve the appearance of the smile by reforming a disfigured tooth or altering its color. A composite or resin filling is comprised of a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to repair decayed teeth.
Advantages of Composite
Fillings Composite fillings offer many advantages over traditional fillings. Traditional fillings are made from silver or gold, so the metal is much more noticeable. Composite fillings offer the benefit of subtlety because the plastic and glass material easily blends in with the color of your surrounding natural teeth so they are barely detectable in your mouth. In addition, a resin filling offers more support than metal fillings because of its ability to chemically bond to the tooth structure. Composites require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure for placement and are also more versatile than regular fillings, because they can be used to repair broken, worn, or chipped teeth in addition to serving as a filling for decayed teeth.
Placing Composite Fillings
The procedure for placing composite fillings is very similar to that of traditional fillings. Dr. Todd McCracken numbs the tooth to prevent the patient from feeling any discomfort and then applies the resin filling material in layers, using a special light to harden the material after each application. After the application process is complete, he shapes the composites to fit the teeth. Finally, the composite is polished to ward off premature wear and prevent staining.