Composite Resin Fillings (Tooth-Colored Fillings)

Composite is a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass-like particles that produce a tooth-colored filling. This type of material may be self-hardening or may be hardened by exposure to blue light. Composite is used for fillings, crowns, & veneers. Sometimes it is used to replace a portion of a broken or chipped tooth. There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations:

  • Resin fillings are usually completed in a single visit.
  • The resin material is bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth.
  • The fillings are durable, tissue compatible, and kind to the opposing teeth.
  • Resin fillings allow us to preserve the greatest amount of natural tooth structure.
  • Most importantly, color and shading can be matched to the existing tooth.

Dr. Hooper create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth.

The Procedure for Composite Resin Fillings

When you visit THE DENTIST OFFICE for your dental filling, Dr. Hooper may first numb the area by using local anesthesia. A hand-piece (the drill) is then used to remove the decay. The surface of the prepared tooth is lightly etched with an acid gel. A bonding liquid is then applied to the preparation. Once the bonding liquid sets, the filling is placed. Once set, the dentist will trim, smooth, and polish the filling restoration to a natural appearance.

Replacing Silver Fillings with a Tooth-Colored Restoration

MINT DENTISTRY is a mercury-free practice. It is your decision whether or not to replace any old silver fillings, but here are some facts: Amalgam (mercury-silver) fillings can darken over time as they corrode. They can leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums, therefore many people find it less attractive than tooth-colored restorations. In addition, the placement of amalgam fillings requires removal of some healthy tooth structure. We also now know that by unavoidable design, amalgam fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure if the filling occupies more than 75% of the original tooth structure. In which case, Dr. Hooper may recommend a full coverage all-porcelain crown for added strength & longevity.

At your dental appointment, Dr. Hooper will recommend the best treatment that will restore your tooth to a natural look & feel while providing strength & protection.