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Why do a dentist use dental composite resin to achieve aesthetic dental fillings

Dentist using dental curing UV lamp on teeth of patient

Nowadays, patients often request aesthetic dental fillings, which are commonly employed to fill cavities in the teeth.

Dental composite resin is a tooth-colored restorative substance (aesthetic dental fillings) that is used by dentists to restore a decaying section of a tooth.


   The biggest benefit it has over traditional dental amalgam is its cosmetic appearance as it matches almost invisibly with your teeth, thereby giving them a beautiful and natural look. A typical composite resin is made up of a resin matrix and an inorganic filler. The filler improves the mechanical properties,  translucency, and wear resistance of the composite.

Unless there are special concerns, receiving a composite filling is a relatively simple procedure that may be completed in one visit.

  • At the outset of your visit, the dentist will choose the colour of the composite to be used in your filling. According to some studies, it’s best to establish this match early on, before your mouth and teeth dry up and impact the brightness of your teeth.
  • You will be given a dose of numbing medication to sedate the tooth and the surrounding region for local anesthesia.
  • This will be followed by drilling through the enamel of your tooth and removing the decaying portion of your tooth.
  • Afterward, the region will be cleaned and dried to prepare it for the application of the resin.  In the case of more significant damage, tooth shaving may also be needed to even up the surface.
  • The tooth will be etched and bonded.
  • The composite material is then placed into the drilled hole. A special light to cure is used to fix the composite filling. Because the composite will be put in stages, the light will be utilized to cure each layer before proceeding to the next.
  • Finally, the tooth will be shaped and contoured before being polished.
  • The dentist will examine your bite after the procedure is complete to ensure that the results were as desired.

It must be kept in mind that there is going to be a little sensitivity to heat and cold, soon after the procedure is completed, but it usually go away on its own in a short time.

Benefits of composite resin fillings

  • Durability
  • Natural appearance (tooth-colored)
  • Requires just one visit to complete
  • Resistive to fracture
  • Can be used to fix minor flaws as well as larger damage
  • Little to no temperature sensitivity following the procedure

There are other alternatives to dental composite resin fillings such as dental inlay & onlay, as well as a dental crown. However, the choice of the procedure depends on a number of factors including the extent of the repair, the location of the cavity/damaged area in your mouth, and the cost.

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Aesthetic Dentistry,Conservative Dentistry,Restaurative Dentistry
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