FAQs about Composite Resin (White Filling)
Q: What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?
A: A composite filling is a tooth-colored polymer resin (plastic) used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
Q: How is a composite placed?
A: After removing the decay from the tooth, the Dentist places the composite in layers. After each layer, the Dentist uses a light to harden it. When the process is finished, he/she will shape the composite to fit the tooth and your bite. The Dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.
Q: What is the cost?
A: Prices vary depending on the size and extent of the cavity. Most dental insurance companies cover this service, but check with your insurance for details.
Q: What are the advantages of composites?
A: Aesthetics is the main advantage of composites, since we can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes.
Q: What are the disadvantages?
A: After receiving a composite, a patient may experience postoperative sensitivity. Also, the shade of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods.