Composite fillings are the materials used to fill cavities. Due to technological advances in cosmetic dentistry, there are now more choices than the traditional amalgam or gold. Amalgam is made of a mixture of several metals and is used to restore molars or cavities below the gum line. However, the new composite fillings can be used in a variety of applications and locations to give you a beautiful, natural-looking smile. The composite fillings can be color-matched to the color of your existing teeth. This leaves your teeth looking natural, rather than having the metal fillings which make repairs clearly evident. Composite fillings are also extremely durable, handling the same demands made of your natural tooth enamel.
What is a Composite Resin?
Composite resin is a mixture of plastic and ceramics. When filling a cavity with composite resin, the tooth must be kept dry and sterile. The material is tooth colored and mostly used on front teeth, though it can be used on the posterior teeth as well. Most patients prefer the appearance of composite resin, and insurance often pays for fillings with composite resin as it does for amalgam fillings. The resin is not only used to fill cavities, but it is also used in dental bonding to repair chipped or cracked teeth for aesthetic purposes, as well as a preventive measure against cavities.
Contact our office in Charlotte to learn more about your dental filling options. We can schedule an appointment for a dental examination to discern your dental repair needs and which of the options might be ideal for your mouth. During the consultation, you will receive a cleaning and x-ray. We will explain your options and go over a treatment plan and cost. At South Blvd Dentistry, we believe in empowering our patients to make the most informed decisions possible regarding their dental care.