Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Dental researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth. One of the most popular new materials these days that help make your smile look more natural are white composite fillings.
White composite fillings are made from a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when a Gentle Dental dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of other filling methods such asÂ amalgam. Composite fillings can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing your Gentle Dental dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth. Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.