Our Lifelike Fillings Blend In With Your Smile

El Paso, TX, dentist offers composite resin fillings

If you’ve had a cavity before, you’ve likely had a dental filling done. This is a restorative treatment that stops the progression of decay and protects your tooth. In the past, materials like silver amalgam or gold were used for this process. Today, composite resin is a more popular choice due to its lifelike appearance and comfort. Your Sunny Smiles team is here today to explore the many benefits of composite resin.

This Material Does Not Stand Out

We use composite resin for fillings because it blends in with your smile, can easily be bonded to many surfaces, and is highly durable. The material can be matched to the shade of your tooth, meaning it won’t stand out against your pearly whites like other materials can. Before composite resin, silver amalgam and gold fillings were a common choice. While these options could restore your smile after decay, they stood out against the rest of your teeth. Gold could cause sensitivity when eating hot or cold foods, which could cause discomfort for the patient. Silver is also not an advantageous option because it is not safe for all patients and more of your tooth would need to be removed before adding the material. Composite resin is a more popular choice in modern dentistry because it is safe, comfortable, and lifelike.

It Can Be Used For A Variety Of Purposes

Composite resin is not only used for fillings. It can also be used for other restorative purposes and in cosmetic treatments. This material is often used for cosmetic bonding. When you have bonding done, the material is added to blemished areas of your teeth. Bonding can help improve your smile by disguising blemishes that cannot be removed from whitening. Small blemishes, gaps between your teeth, and even minor damage can be fixed with this option. The resin can be matched to the shade of your pearly whites to create an even, natural look.

Composite Resin Fillings Protect Your Tooth

Dental fillings are necessary to restore your pearly whites after a cavity. When you get this restoration done, the damaged part of your tooth is removed, the space is cleaned, and this stronger material is added to protect the integrity of your dental structure. The resin can last for several years with the proper care. If this is not done, the cavity can continue to wear away your enamel and dentin and can eventually enter the pulp. When a cavity reaches this severe stage, more invasive restorations may be necessary. This treatment can protect your tooth from significant decay, which can lead to tooth loss if left untreated.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Have you been told you have a cavity? Schedule a restorative treatment with Sunny Smiles Family Dentistry in El Paso, TX, today by calling 915.759.7000.