Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Dental researchers continue to develop esthetically attractive materials such as ceramic and polymer compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair or restore worn, damaged, or decayed teeth.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are made from a “mercury free” mixture of resin and glass filler that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. Tooth-colored fillings are desirable because they blend well with tooth enamel and don’t look like fillings.
A tooth-colored filling usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored. An advantage of composite fillings, as compared with other dental restorations, is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to the composite materials’ ability to bond to teeth adhesively.
Tooth-colored fillings are indicated for small to mid-sized restorations that can withstand moderate chewing pressure. If the decayed area is large or is subject to heavy chewing pressure, another type of material or restoration may be recommended.
Want to learn more about after care? Go to Home Care Instructions for Tooth-Colored Fillings