Dentistry has evolved in many ways over recent decades. Not only have the tools, techniques and technology advanced for the better, but the materials of dentistry have also improved. One of the most beneficial materials in modern dentistry is composite resin. Composite resin has the unique ability to be used restoratively and cosmetically. In other words, if you damage a tooth, you don’t have to worry about how the repair will affect its appearance. Likewise, if you want to improve the look of a tooth with composite resin, you can also trust that the tooth won’t be compromised in structure and strength. This is a valued advantage of composite resin.
What is composite resin?
Composite resin is a ceramic and plastic compound that is applied in layers to a damaged or unsightly tooth. This material can be molded, shaped and shaded to match your existing tooth and surrounding teeth. Unlike amalgam fillings, a composite resin filling bonds to your tooth for ideal aesthetics and optimal durability.
What can composite resin be used for?
As previously mentioned, composite resin offers valued versatility. It can be used to restore a decayed, cracked or chipped tooth or to address stains, small gaps or other minor imperfections within your smile. In many cases, using composite resin is also referred to as dental bonding or cosmetic bonding. Composite resin is also the first tooth-colored filling material so it is highly preferred by today’s patient and can be used anywhere in the mouth.
How easy is the procedure?
Another highlighted benefit of receiving composite resin, whether to cover up a stubborn stain or repair a chipped tooth, is the ease and convenience of the procedure itself. A dentist can apply composite resin in just one brief office visit. There is typically not a need for sedation dentistry and the cost is also very affordable. When compared to getting a dental crown or porcelain veneers, composite bonding can be an easier sacrifice of time, money and comfort for most patients.
When is composite resin not an ideal choice?
Composite resin or dental bonding may not be the best solution if you have a tooth with significant damage. A composite filling or bonding may not restore enough strength and integrity to a tooth that is badly broken or severely decayed. In such cases, a dental crown may be a better choice.
If you are considering composite resin for cosmetic reasons, it may not make sense if you have more serious aesthetic concerns or flaws on multiple front teeth. For example, a large gap in between your front teeth or several missized or chipped teeth may be better corrected with a set of porcelain veneers. In addition, if you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, you may benefit from orthodontics rather than cosmetic bonding.
One more thing to consider with composite resin is that while this material is strong and aesthetically pleasing, any decay or infection in the tooth must be removed first. Composite resin is meant to rebuild, repair or restore, but it shouldn’t be used to cover up or hide any existing health issues within a tooth.
How should you care for composite resin?
Whether used as a filling or bonding, composite resin can generally be cared for like your real teeth. There is no special dental visits or extra cleaning products needed. However, you should be careful to avoid biting down on hard foods, ice or candy. Composite resin is not invincible and can crack or chip under excessive forces. If you suspect you have a teeth grinding problem, discuss this with your dentist. A custom night guard may be needed to protect your composite resin investment.
Is composite resin right for me?
If you are looking for an affordable fix for a minor cosmetic issues within your smile, composite resin may be a welcome solution. Composite resin is also excellent choice if you have a cavity and need a dental filling that doesn’t contain mercury and won’t stand out within your smile. To accurately determine your candidacy for dental bonding or a tooth-colored filling using composite bonding, please schedule your appointment at Group Health Dental. We have a team of talented dentists who use the most advanced and proven materials in modern dentistry. Learn more about how composite resin can benefit your smile health and appearance!