A composite resin (tooth colored) restorative material is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored with a composite restoration.
There are many types of restorative materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite restorations are tooth colored so they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite resin restorations are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite resin restorations:
How are composite resin restorations placed?
Composite resin restorations are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new restoration is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite resin restoration will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new restoration.