What is composite resin restoration?

A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass. Introduced in the 1960s, these were initially limited to the front teeth due to the lack of strength to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth.

Composites have significantly improved since then and can now be successfully placed in the back teeth as well. Composites are used to restore decayed teeth as well as to improve the appearance of the smile by changing the colour of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

What is the procedure for this treatment?

Your cosmetic dentist in Chula Vista will use a local anaesthetic to numb your gums, teeth, and surrounding area before beginning the composite restoration procedure.

This will help to alleviate pain and discomfort during the procedure. The dentist will then proceed to remove the decay with a drill. You may feel some pressure but the process only takes a few minutes. Afterwards, the dentist will use a composite filling shaped to fit the shape of your tooth.

Applied in layers to your tooth, the composite will build up gradually until the dentist has filled the hole. The dentist may use ultraviolet light to cure the filling while it is still in place. This quickly hardens each layer, allowing the next layer to be placed in the tooth. This method is called photopolymerisation. The filling will appear natural and effectively restore the tooth’s function.

How long do composite restorations last?

According to studies, it can last 7 to 10 years. This statistic is comparable with how long silver fillings last. However, in the case of significantly large restorations, silver fillings last longer than composites.

What is the advantage of composite restoration?

The main advantage patients will enjoy with a composite resin restoration is its aesthetic appeal. The composite allows dentists to blend shades to create a colour that is nearly identical to that of the actual or natural colour of the patient’s tooth.

Furthermore, composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and offering insulation against extreme temperature changes.

Will the composite restoration be noticeable?

No, a composite resin restoration completed in the proper shape and colour is undetectable. Some dentists may fill a hole in a tooth without considering the shape and natural colour of a patient’s tooth. This is when the restoration may not look natural and become noticeable. However, if you follow the tooth anatomy and choose the appropriate shade, the restoration will go unnoticed in the mouth.

Composite Restoration Dental Treatment in Chula Vista

Composite resin restorations for decayed or damaged teeth, when done correctly, are a great option for those looking for functional tooth fillings that also look appealing.

Dr Nick Addario offers a wide range of dental treatments in Chula Vista, including composites. For any further queries on getting treatment at our office or booking an appointment, please call or visit us.