For decades, dental decay meant a silver amalgam filling. With the invention of composite resin, a new tooth colored product became available to resolve many dental issues from bonding to repairing a cavity.
Composite resin is composed primarily of plastic. This material offers many options for different types of treatment. The capability of matching to the surrounding tooth structure provides a more natural looking restoration than ever before.
Dental repairs that are made possible with composite resin include:
Cavities repaired with composite resin provides added strength to the treated tooth.
- Dental decay – Cavities repaired with composite resin provides added strength to the treated tooth. First of all, much less of the tooth must be removed than with a dental amalgam filling. The composite is applied in layers, with each layer being cured between applications. After the final layer of composite is applied, the dentist will be able to shape the repair to match surrounding teeth. The tooth is polished providing the most natural looking filling possible.
- Minor dental problems – Composite resin can be used to repair chipped teeth or to treat teeth that appear uneven in size or shape.
- Stained teeth – Teeth can be stained for many reasons from diet, tobacco use, advancing age, and mediations taken. Intrinsic stains are deeper stains that may be harder to remove. When stains are stubborn, dental bonding is an ideal treatment. The dentist will apply composite resin and using a laser or curing light will set the bonding. Tooth colored cement aids in perfectly matching the bond to surrounding teeth structure.
- Veneers – There are different types of veneers: porcelain and those made from composite resin. Composite veneers are a more economical repair than porcelain. Bonding does not offer the same resistance to staining that porcelain does, but you can request a clear covering over bonding that does help to resist stains.
To learn more about your treatment options, contact the office of Dr. John Withers at (940) 293-2635 and schedule your professional consultation today.