If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.
Tooth Fracture from Silver/Mercury Filling
Tooth-colored fillings are mercury-free and provide better long-term strength. Mercury and silver amalgam fillings make teeth susceptible to fracture because these materials expand over time and even leak. These materials also cause discoloration of the teeth. Mercury and metal fillings can be replaced with composite resin, which hold the tooth together as opposed to expanding and match the color and structure of your natural teeth.
Why Composite Resin?
Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and Dr. Kakkar will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.
Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. This usually goes away in a couple of weeks.
- We recommend the tooth-colored posterior composite resin restorations and porcelain/ceramic inlays and onlays, which follow the atraumatic restorative treatment protocol as they chemically bond and fortify the tooth structure and do not require excessive tooth reduction for mechanical retention as in the case of metallic fillings.
- Posterior porcelain inlays are indicated in case of extensive tooth decay and offer maximum esthetics and tooth support.
- Posterior gold inlays are one of the best and longest lasting methods of restoring function to the posterior tooth. However, many patients do not like the gold color in their mouths.
Experience dentistry at its finest. Dr. Kakkar and our team deliver the contemporary solutions and superior care our patients deserve. Call our Hackettstown, NJ dental office today to make an appointment. We serve Hackettstown, Long Valley, Flanders, Blairstown, Budd Lake, Chester, Belvidere, Washington township, Washington, Randolph, Newton, Succasuna-Kenvil, Mansfield township, Sparta, Clinton Township, Phillipsburg, Easton, Stroudsburg and the surrounding communities. Our office is conveniently located where Warren, Morris and Sussex Counties meet.