Fillings are a common cosmetic dentistry option for repairing teeth. Whether you have a cavity, chip or crack in your teeth, you may need a filling to fix your tooth. In the past, many fillings were made from metals – amalgam was once an affordable and commonly used material. Unfortunately, these fillings contain mercery and were unattractive. At Hollon Dental, we offer tooth-colored composite fillings and dental bonding with composite resin at our dental center in Mobile, AL.
There is no reason to discolor your teeth with silver fillings. Composite or white fillings can be matched to your tooth color and blend perfectly with your smile. If you need to fill in a cavity from tooth decay removal or fix a chipped tooth, composite fillings are durable and can last for many years. There is no mercury or metal in the filling, making it safe and effective for repairing your teeth. The best news? No silver or dark colors to ruin your teeth. Composite fillings come in a variety of white shades to blend into the color of your teeth.
What is a Composite Resin?
Composite resin is a combination of plastics and ceramics that are made for dental treatments. The substance is soft and putty-like before it is cured. We use composite resin for fillings and dental bonding. The resin can be applied to fill a cavity or is shaped around the tooth to cover stains, fill cracks or reshape the tooth. The tooth is first etched, and a conditioner is applied to the tooth to allow the resin to attach to the surface. Once the composite resin is in place, a special light is used to cure or harden the resin. After the composite filling or bonding has cured, it is polished to create a smooth, natural finish on the tooth.
Composite fillings and cosmetic bonding can be completed in a short office visit. Cosmetic alterations with composite resin are one of the fastest and most affordable ways to close gaps in teeth or hide discolorations on the teeth. To learn more about composite fillings or cosmetic bonding, contact us at Hollon Dental in Mobile, AL, to schedule a consultation.