Tooth Colored Restorations
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
Tooth colored fillings (also called composite resins) have many benefits over amalgam (silver) fillings. They look so natural it is difficult for a patient to identify which teeth have these fillings. What we call the marginal adaptation, where tooth enamel and resin meet is excellent, resulting in a near perfect fit. By building up the material in layers, and curing with a light as we go, we can actually strengthen the tooth structure with the filling. Since the material is opaque, we can also x-ray right through it to see any problem areas.
Fillings are commonly recommended when the dentist finds decay in a tooth. Once diagnosed, it is preferable to get the filling as soon as possible so that the decay does not grow any bigger. Once decay grows, more drastic measures may be needed in order to restore the tooth to a healthy status.
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