To accomplish this, a composite resin, a silicon dioxide material, is blended and mixed to match an individual’s natural dentition. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with a high intensity ultraviolet light, and the final surface is artistically sculpted and polished to match the tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.
Composite Fillings Support the Tooth
Colored composite fillings are more than just attractive. They are actually chemically bonded to the tooth structure, deterring breakage, and providing additional support to the tooth.
In preparing the tooth to receive the material, often less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to other filling materials which preserves the natural strength of the tooth and increases its longevity. Small and medium composites can last seven to ten years.