Fillings are dental restorations that are used to fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth.
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth, they are made of a plastic dental resin and are strong and durable. Your result is a very natural looking smile.
If you have a cavity in a tooth, broken fillings, mercury fillings, or amalgam fillings, this type of dental filling is well worth discussing with Dr. Grabeman. Mercury fillings or amalgam fillings can easily be removed and replaced with far more attractive colored fillings. These fillings actually strengthen your tooth beyond the level it had with the amalgam fillings.
These composite, or white plastic fillings are used when aesthetics are of concern. They do excellently in the grooves and dramatically lower the development of cavities. Composites are typically placed in the cavities in the front teeth. Many of the newer composites are boasting longevity comparable to the metal fillings, and they mean less stress and risk of fracture to the tooth since they are bonded to the teeth. We use a special light which hardens or “cures” the material, allowing us more time to form the material and make sure the color is just right prior to the material’s setting.