Traditionally, cavities and minor dental chips and cracks were repaired with amalgam fillings. While these materials offered durable and long lasting restoration for damaged teeth, they also marred the appearance of the smile with their dark or silver color. Additionally, metal fillings were held in place by wedges carved into the healthy tooth structure, which meant unnecessary impact on healthy enamel. Today, we almost always recommend tooth-colored, composite resin fillings at Exceptional Dentistry, the Melbourne, FL dentistry practice of Dr. Beverly Rose. Composite resin is a putty like material that combines glass and plastic materials that can be shaded to blend seamlessly into the smile line.
The placement process is quick, comfortable, and doesn’t require the removal of any healthy tooth structure. We simply remove any damaged dental tissue. Then, we apply the putty-like resin directly to the damaged tooth and shape it into position. The resin seeps into even the tiniest pits and grooves in the tooth structure. We then use a curing light to harden the filling into position where it forms a solid, natural bond with the tooth. Call our team to find out more or schedule an appointment at Exceptional Dentistry today.