You and Your Fillings

Composite resin bonding can be a fast, minimally invasive and inexpensive option for the beautiful smile you are looking for. Composite resins, better-known as tooth colored fillings, provide great durability and resistance to fractures. Small to mid-size fillings have the capability to withstand moderate pressure from constant stress of everyday living. Composite resins can be used in both molars (posterior teeth) and front teeth (anterior teeth). Resins are a great choice for patients who prefer their fillings to have a more natural look.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages. You and Dr. Still can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.

teeth with gold, amalgam and composite fillings

teeth with gold, amalgam and composite fillings

Advantages of Composite Fillings

  • Aesthetics: The shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. Composite resins are particularly well suited for use in front teeth and visible parts of the teeth.
  • Bonding to Tooth Structure: Composite fillings micro-mechanically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.
  • Versatility: In addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth.
  • Tooth-sparing Preparation: Sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.