In dentistry, a "composite" is a tooth-colored resin used to repair teeth or fill cavities. This is a big improvement over silver-colored filings. Not only do they look better, but the composite material is chemically bonded to the tooth. In the old days, metal filings were held in place by drilling a hole that was bigger at the bottom than at the top, like the inside of a bottle, so the silver filing wouldn't come out. Since composites are bonded to the surface of the tooth at a molecular level, the hole can be much smaller which preserves the integrity of tooth structure. This becomes very important as you age so that you can retain your natural teeth much longer into your senior years.
On the downside, when applied to the outside of a tooth, composites can sometimes chip. Or if you have your teeth whitened at a later point in time, the composite may need to be replaced to better match your new tooth color. When properly matched, a tooth repaired with modern composite material looks identical to a normal healthy tooth.
Any problem with a composite can be quickly, easily and painlessly restored here at our practice. We provide expert composite restoration. Come in for a consultation today.