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White-Hot Composite Fillings

When it comes to fillings, most people think of amalgam, or silver. That’s no surprise. 
Dentists have used amalgam to fill cavities for over 150 years and for good reason: Amalgam is one of 
the most durable and long-lasting restorative materials used in dentistry.
 
While amalgam offers affordability and endurance, it lacks in aesthetics. Composite resin, on the other hand, 
matches your natural tooth color. No one – not even you – can see composite fillings with a naked eye.
 
So what is composite resin?
 
Composite resin is made of a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with silicon dioxide (glass). Early on, composite 
fillings were only used to restore front teeth because they weren't strong enough to withstand the chewing pressure 
produced by back teeth.
 
Today's composites not only look more natural but are also tougher, more versatile and can be used to:
  • Restore small- to mid-sized cavities
  • Reshape chipped teeth and broken teeth
  • Replace amalgam fillings
Composite fillings have other benefits, too. If you have sensitive teeth, composite fillings may make them less 
sensitive to hot and cold. And with composites, more of your tooth structure stays intact – that’s not the case 
with silver fillings. Composite fillings are also easily fixable if they’re damaged.
 
Call our office for questions or to set up an appointment.

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