One of the best inventions in the world of dentistry is that of composite resin used to repair tooth decay, chipped teeth, intrinsic stains … anywhere tooth colored composite resin can make the correction, we can turn to our dentist for treatment.
For many years the material dentists relied on to repair dental decay was made from dental amalgam, which appeared silver on application and turned a very drab gray over time. Many people today are opting to replace those silver fillings with the more attractive composite resin. And with the variety of tooth colored shades available, dental repairs become virtually undetectable.
In addition to the material used for bonding and dental fillings, dentists are utilizing porcelain ceramic for crowns or veneers to provide a more natural looking smile.
The reason for this change in dental philosophy is twofold – first of all, aesthetics – the beauty of a tooth colored repair versus some type of metal is much more attractive.
Secondly, dentists have found that the use of composite adds strength to the tooth being repaired.
Another advantage to the use of composite resin to repair tooth decay is much less of the patient’s tooth must be removed versus a filling with dental amalgam. The components in the resin adhere to the tooth rather than having to pack the area with metal.
In one visit to the dentist, the decay will be removed, a dental adhesive will be applied and very thin layers of the composite resin will slowly be added. With each layer, the area is hardened with a laser or curing light. After the filling is completed, the area is checked to make sure the bite is correct and the tooth colored filling is polished to match the rest of the tooth.
Dental decay, particularly in the smile line, is repaired and only the patient knows there is a filling in place. For fillings in back teeth where chewing pressure is the strongest, there are dental options available that also provide the same aesthetic properties as the tooth colored fillings.
It is important to note that tooth colored fillings are more than just a cosmetic improvement. Composite resin contains no mercury, which is a toxic component used in silver amalgam. So when given a choice, it would seem clear that the best option is composite resin.
If you are in need of a filling and would like a more natural looking option, call ORA Dental Studio, serving Chicago and surrounding areas, today to schedule an appointment.