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At the Hindin Center we use only tooth colored, composite restorations—never mercury or metal-based.
What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?
A composite filling is a plastic and glass material used to restore a decayed tooth. Composites are also used effectively for tooth color or reshaping disfigured teeth.
How is a composite installed in your mouth?
Once the mixture has been prepared, we place the composite in layers, typically using a special light that hardens each layer. When the process is complete, we shape the composite to fit the tooth exactly. We then polish the material to prevent staining or premature wearing.
What is the cost?
Prices vary, but generally, composites costs can range slightly higher than, say, a silver filling. Most dental insurance plans cover the composite up to the price of a silver filling, with the patient paying the whatever difference there is. As composite technologies improve, insurance companies are more likely to increase their coverage commensurately.
What are the advantages of composites?
The look of your smile is perhaps the main advantage of a white filling, as we can blend shades to create a color that is nearly that of the actual tooth. Composites also bond to support the tooth structure, which helps prevent breakage and insulate from temperature changes.
What are the disadvantages?
After receiving a composite, a patient may experience postoperative sensitivity. In addition, the shade of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods. To prevent this, we can put a clear plastic coating over the tooth. Composites tend to degrade more rapidly than silver fillings in the larger cavities you have, but in small cavities, they are fine.