Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than amalgam or gold fillings, probably due to cosmetics. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, people tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.
- Decay on a portion of any tooth
- Desire to replace old mercury (silver) fillings
- Desire to maintain a white, beautiful smile
Tooth-colored composite resin fillings can make old fashioned and unattractive silver fillings a thing of the past. Composite resin is a metal-free, tooth colored quartz-like material. Dr.Patel blends shades to create colors nearly identical to the natural tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.
Composite fillings are more than just attractive. They are environmentally non-toxic because they contain no mercury. Composites strengthen the remaining tooth and help protect it from fracture because they bond directly to the surface of the tooth and don’t require the severe “undercut” of a mercury filling. Many of our patients elect to have their mercury silver fillings replaced before they break, or simply to enhance the health and appearance of their smile. The result: beautiful, strong, and healthy teeth.