Tooth-Colored Composite 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 resin fillings. These are a tooth-colored plastic mixture that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.
Because composite resins are not made of dark 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 and cold sensitivity. Medium and small composite fillings can last ten years or more. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than older-style silver fillings. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. This typically fades quickly, and if not, the filling can be replaced or re-bonded.