If you are embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A composite resin is a silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored material mixture that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins present several advantages to the patient compared to traditional silver fillings. First, your dentist is able to blend composite shades and shapes so as to nearly perfectly match the original teeth. Second, the tooth-composite bond actually serves to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and providing insulation against temperature changes. Finally, small- to average-sized composites have demonstrated similar duration to silver fillings.
Resin placement is simple. Depending on the size of the filling and on location of the composite, it may require as little as 10-20 minutes longer than what is needed for a traditional silver filling. Although some patients notice a bit of post-placement sensitivity, this is temporary. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining types of foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.