If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings, you may be a good candidate for composite resin. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resin restores teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resin represents several advantages over traditional silver, or amalgam, fillings.
Because composite resin is not made of metal, we blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and Dr. Oyler know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites last seven to ten years – that's as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor composites. Ask us about a cost of clear plastic sealant that may help reduce the chances of staining.