Tooth Colored Fillings St. Charles IL
Advances in modern dental materials and techniques offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth. Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic resin and finely ground glasslike particles that produce a tooth-colored restoration. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. In teeth where chewing loads are high, composite fillings are less resistant to wear than silver amalgams. It also takes longer to place a composite filling.