Composite resin is becoming more and more popular in the field of dentistry, but do you really know what it is? Why would you want to invest in a composite filling rather than the traditional, metal options that you've had in the past? Read on to learn a little more about composite resin, or white fillings.
A composite filling is made out of a combination of glass and tooth-colored plastic. It is used to restore decayed teeth, and the material might also be used for shaping the teeth and changing their color.
To place composite, your dentist will first prepare the tooth and then layer on the composite material. It is usually painted on, and to harden it, a special light is used. Finally, your dentist will go in and shape the composite to achieve the desired effect so that it matches up with the rest of your tooth or teeth.
Benefits of Choosing Composite
So why would you want to choose composite resin over other dental materials? The appearance of this material is the main benefit, and your dentist will be able to choose a shade that matches the actual tooth. This means that other people won't even know that your tooth has been altered. Composite also works well to insulate the tooth and to prevent it from damage.
Before you decide on a composite filling, you should thoroughly consider the pros and cons. While there are several great benefits, composite can change colors slightly if you eat or drink staining foods, and they also have a shorter life expectancy than silver fillings when placed into large cavities.
Ultimately, the choice is yours as to whether or not the benefits outweigh the shortcomings, and if you need assistance in deciding what dental material is right for you, please contact our office.