In the past, tooth fillings were made from what is known as amalgam, which essentially is a mixture of various metals. They were inexpensive and durable but didn't exactly look natural. Advances in cosmetic dentistry have given us what are known as composite fillings. These fillings are more natural-looking. While not as long-lasting as amalgam fillings, they are ideally suited for teeth that require minimal filling and are not subject to a lot of chewing pressure.
Composite fillings are made from a blend of ceramic and plastic, which allow them to match the color of your natural tooth. Your Lakewood dentist will craft a composite for your damaged tooth that will blend perfectly with its natural shape and contour, for a filling that no one will ever notice.
With composite fillings, your dentist can correct numerous tooth issues to enhance your smile. If have a chipped tooth, it can be restored to its natural shape with composite resin. Gaps in teeth can be filled with composite fillings. Cracked teeth, uneven teeth, and misshapen teeth can be corrected with an artful application of composite resin.
What is a Composite Resin?
As the name implies, composite resin is a combination of materials that will form a durable bond for damaged teeth and, unlike amalgam filling material, allow the blend to match the natural color of your teeth. Using special plastics, ceramic, and glass the resulting composite can be shaped to match the contours of your teeth. You will then have a normal bite and functionality for your filled teeth.
Composite resin also makes your filling treatment less-intrusive, as its bonding quality allows your dentist to remove less of your tooth to do the repair. Because composite bonding can be done quickly and with minimal work, it is a more affordable solution for correcting damaged teeth than some other alternatives.
Contact Lakewood Dental Trails today to schedule a consultation and find out if white composite fillings are right for you.