Composite restorations are a synthetic option for dental restoration procedures, such as fillings. Comprised of several synthetic materials, composite restorations have vastly improved over the last several decades. A great alternative to metal-based fillings, composites blend in more naturally with your surrounding teeth structure and are both long-lasting and stain-resistant. If properly cared for, composite restorations can last for over 10 years and provide you with a durable, aesthetically-pleasing alternative to other types of fillings. Commonly referred to as white fillings, composite fillings are typically made from a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture.
Because there are several popular materials used for dental restoration procedures, it is a good idea for you to discuss your options with Dr. Nishimura before proceeding. Understanding what, exactly, composite restoration procedures are as well as their advantages will also help you determine if they are the best option for you. Composite fillings are often ideal for patients with metal allergies, and are also less noticeable because they are tooth-colored.
Materials for Composite Restorations
Composite fillings are resin-based and offer wear resistance as well as translucency. They can be made in a wide variety of tooth colors and are glued into the teeth to improve the tooth’s structure. They are often made from carefully layered dentin, enamel and translucencies, providing a less noticeable tooth filling. Composite restorations are typically necessary when Dr. Nishimura needs to fill a cavity due to tooth decay or other reasons.
Advantages of Composite Restorations
While metal-based fillings have long been considered the most popular option, composite fillings have many advantages, including:
- They are chemically bonded to the tooth structure, providing added support and reducing the chance of fracturing the remaining part of the tooth
- They require less removal of the healthy tooth structure
- They are aesthetically-pleasing because they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth
- They are a great option for front teeth or other, more visible parts of teeth
- They are versatile; composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, cracked or worn teeth
- They do not discolor surrounding teeth
- They are made from a repairable material that will bond to itself, meaning it may not require entire removal if a repair or replacement becomes necessary
- They gain full strength immediately after placement, reducing the chances of fracture
Composite restoration procedures may require more time in the chair and additional visits to our office, but they are a great option that will provide you with a natural-looking filling. Composite restorations are a wonderful alternative to amalgam (silver) or other metal-based fillings, especially if you have some level of metal allergy. Additionally, these types of restorations provide great cosmetic improvements to your smile, giving you more confidence and a bright smile that should be shared with everyone you come in contact with. If you would like more information on this type of filling, or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact our office today.