Composite Resin Restorations

A composite resin (tooth colored) restoration is used to repair/restore a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc.  The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored to its original shape and function with a composite resin restoration. 

There are many types of restorative materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  Composite resins are one of the most widely used restorative materials today, largely having replaced the outdated use of silver amalgam fillings. 

It should be noted that silver amalgams actually contain 50% mercury, which is damaging to your overall health as the mercury leaches out of the filling and is absorbed by your body which can cause serious systemic issues. Amalgams also expand over time, often breaking tooth cusps resulting in the need for more extensive treatment such as a crown. 

Composite resin restorations don't just "fill" cavities, but are a durable material that restore teeth back to their natural shape and beauty.  


Reasons for composite resins:

  • Chipped teeth.
  • Closing gaps between teeth.
  • Cracked or broken teeth.
  • Decayed teeth.
  • Worn teeth.


  • How are composite resins placed?

Composite resins are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, we remove decay as necessary.  The tooth will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new restoration is placed.  The composite resin will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new composite resin restorations. 


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