The Many Benefits of Composite Resin
When it comes to fabricating dental restorations, there are a variety of dental materials available. The type of dental material used will depend on a range of factors, such as whether the restoration is direct or indirect. An indirect restoration is one that must be fabricated in a dental laboratory, while a direct restoration is one that can be completed entirely in your dentist’s office. Although there are various dental materials used for indirect restorations, most direct restorations are fabricated using composite resin. Composite resin offers many benefits including:
When it is applied to the tooth, composite resin is soft. This is to allow your dentist to place it accordingly before hardening it into place one layer at a time. With the use of a special curing light, composite resin can harden in less than a minute. Multiple layers are usually needed for the best results, so this process will be repeated with each layer. However, composite restorations will be completed in a single dental appointment and do not require a second appointment.
Composite resin is also an extremely versatile dental material. Although it is primarily used as composite fillings to restore small to medium areas of decay, composite resin can also be used to make veneers, inlays, and onlays. Additionally, it can be used to repair minor damage and fill in gaps between teeth with a process known as composite bonding.
Requires Less Drilling
Composite resin is able to create a strong bond with enamel, which means that there is minimal preparation that needs to be done to the tooth. This ultimately means less drilling is needed to place a composite restoration. It also means that most of your natural tooth structure is preserved.
Composite resin can be customized in terms of its color and shape. In most cases, it will be tinted to match the exact shade of your teeth, but in some cases it can also be lightened to improve the color of your teeth. It will also be shaped so that it blends in with the contour of your teeth. The end result is a restoration that blends in with your teeth and is not noticeable.
Can be Repaired
Unlike other types of dental restorations, composite restorations can be repaired. This means that if they ever get slightly damaged or worn, your dentist can repair the area instead of needing to replace the entire restoration. However, this will depend on the extent of the damage and some cases may still require replacement.
Decrease Tooth Sensitivity
Tooth sensitivity can occur for a variety of reasons, but one reason is that the enamel is thin or worn. In these cases, composite resin can be applied to act as a barrier between your tooth and the outer elements in order to reduce sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods and beverages.
Dr. Speer prides himself on excellence in all aspects of dentistry. He stays up to date on the latest technologies by attending various continuing education courses throughout the year. He also enjoys volunteering his time and expertise at events, such as Portland Mission of Mercy. He is a member of the Clackamas County Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. He is also the former President of the Oregon Chapter of Delta Sigma Delta, an international Dental Fraternity.