Dental Composite Resins Create a Tooth Colored Filling
Dental composite resin fillings, also referred to as tooth colored fillings, are an alternative to metal fillings. Patients who have received dental composite resin filling have natural looking teeth and only their dentist knows that they have fillings because no one else can see them at all.
Composite resins are a silicon dioxide-filled, tooth colored, plastic mixture that can restore teeth to a healthy, natural white state. Composite resins offer several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam fillings;
Dental composite resins are actually glued into the teeth, strengthening the tooth's structure and durability. An acid etching reaction with the dental composite resin and a tooth, results in a micromechanical bond, creating a strong adhesion. The acid-etch adhesion also prevents micro leakage, but eventually all white fillings will leak slightly. This results in minimal loss of healthy tooth, when compared to silver filling because there is no need for the creation of retentive features, which destroys healthy teeth. Another good feature of dental composite resin is that it creates an extremely high bond strength to dentin and enamel, which makes it a more reliable filling material.
There are, however, disadvantages to Dental Composite resins:
Created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings, composite resin fillings offer advantages and disadvantages when chosen over metal fillings. The decision ultimately comes down to what the best decision for the patient is and Dr. Radz will help in making this decision easy. For more information please contact Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado today!