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Composite Fillings

Silver or metal fillings can change the appearance of your smile. The gray color is noticeable, especially when it is used on front teeth. Composite resin is a dental material that can be used for fillings and bonding for repairing or cosmetically altering teeth. Composite fillings are white, and the color can be matched to your teeth to look natural when you need a cavity filled or a tooth repaired. At Envision Dental, we are happy to offer our patients metal-free, white composite fillings at our dental center in Marietta, GA.

Composite fillings have been used for decades as an alternative to amalgam or metal fillings. At one time, they were only used on front teeth, as amalgam was believed to be better for molars or back teeth. Composite fillings have improved over the years, increasing their durability. We can use white or tooth-colored fillings for most dental repairs and cavities. Not only does it improve the appearance of the tooth, but composite fillings do not contain mercury or metal. It is ideal for people that have a sensitivity to these materials.

What is a Composite Resin?

Dental composite resin is a material made from plastic and ceramic that can be molded to fill cavities or replace lost tooth material. The substance is soft and pliable until it is cured to its hardened state. Composite resin is used for dental fillings. It can be put inside a cavity then cured with a special light to harden. After it is cured, it is polished to create a smooth surface. Composite resin is also used in dental or cosmetic bonding. Bonding can be used to repair a cracked or chipped tooth, both for aesthetic and routine tooth repairs.

Composite bonding is a great way to hide discoloration, close gaps or fix chipped teeth. It can be completed in one dental visit and is more affordable in comparison to some other cosmetic dental services.

If you need a tooth repair or filling, white composite fillings or bonding may be the right treatment for you. To learn more about cosmetic fillings and bonding treatments, contact us at Envision Dental. We offer many advanced cosmetic services to help you achieve a beautiful smile.