Tooth-Colored Composite Resin Fillings
If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Tooth-colored fillings represent several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings.
Silver fillings have long been the solution for filling a cavity left by tooth decay, but these restorations mar the appearance of white teeth and may also introduce harmful elements into the body over time. Tooth-colored fillings offer a safe, attractive, and cosmetic alternative to the silver option. In addition to eliminating the risk of mercury exposure while also maintaining the appearance of your beautiful white smile, tooth-colored fillings are completely dry after a single visit to the dentist’s. Silver fillings can take up to 12 hours to fully harden.
Because composite resins are 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 many years – that's 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 – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you'll likely have in the future.