Composite resin is a filling material designed for aesthetic dental restorations.
How It Works
Composite fillings can be placed by a general or cosmetic dentist. The procedure for placing a composite resin dental filling is a bit more complicated than it is for an amalgam filling:
– The dentist isolates the tooth from saliva to keep it dry.
– A drill or air abrasion is used to remove the infected part of the tooth.
– The composite resin is placed in layers over the opening.
– A special light is used to harden each layer of composite resin material.
– After the tooth is filled, the composite resin is shaped to resemble a real tooth.
Placing composite resin restorations requires more time in the dental chair and more work on the dentist’s part, but most patients are incredibly pleased with the results!