White or tooth colored fillings have been used for many years, yet it is the new advances in dental technology that make these fillings more versatile. Once only used on the anterior or front teeth to fill cavities, now composite fillings can be used on almost any tooth. The technology has improved to create more durable white fillings that actually require less tooth removal, preserving more of your natural teeth during cavity removal and filling.
What is a Composite Resin?
Composite resin is formulated from a combination of materials, usually plastic and glass, that creates a durable, yet flexible filling to protect a tooth. Unlike metal fillings that require an anchor to stay bonded to the tooth, composite resin adheres directly to the tooth. This means less of the healthy tooth needs to be removed. In addition to matching the color and shape of your tooth, composite resin is more flexible than metal, often creating less stress on the tooth under pressure. The end result is a beautifully restored tooth that looks and feels like your natural teeth, with no noticeable metal filling to detract from your smile.
At Atencio Family Dentistry, we always put your dental health first while striving to give you a beautiful smile that you will be proud to flash to the world. White composite fillings allow us to do both. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment for dental care service.