Composite Fillings

Overview

When smaller areas of decay or old worn silver fillings are present, tooth colored filling material can be used. Composite resin material has been used in the mouth for over 20 years. Decay, old filling material and/or unsupported materials are removed first. Like bonding, the tooth is cleaned and etched. Then a clear adhesive is applied and finally the material is placed into the tooth and cured with a white light gun. Usually these restorations are used on smaller defects. If the area to be restored is too large, a porcelain inlay or onlay or crown would be used.

Patient Maintenance

Be careful  in biting hard objects and ice to avoid fracturing. Fluoride treatments once per year are recommended as well as daily flossing and brushing.

Results of Treatment

Composite resin tooth colored materials work extremely well for smaller restorations.