Richardson Composite Resins

Tooth Restoration Option

If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A composite resin is simply a silicon dioxide quartz crystalline filled tooth-colored mixture that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages to the patient compared with traditional mercury fillings. First, your dentist is able to blend composite shades and shapes so as to match the original teeth nearly perfectly. Second, the tooth-composite bond actually serves to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and providing insulation against temperature changes. Third, average-sized and small-sized composites have demonstrated similar duration to mercury fillings.

Finally, resin placement is simple. Depending on the size of the filling and location of the composite, it may require as little as 10 to 20 minutes longer than what's needed for a traditional mercury filling. Although some patients notice a bit of post-placement sensitivity, this is temporary.