Dental Composite Restoration

From fillings to crowns and other dental restorations, Stoner Dentistry is experienced in all dental composites. Here’s what you need to know about this versatile material and how we use it in dental restoration:

What are dental composites?

Dental composites are a combination of materials that are used in dental restoration to improve the aesthetics of a person’s smile and to fill cavities. Today’s composite materials are strong and are used much more widely – even on chewing surfaces – providing a more attractive, natural-looking alternative to dental fillings for a better smile.

How are composite resins used?

Dental fillings are one of the most common uses of composite resins. Composite fillings can be molded and tinted to look just like a healthy tooth leaving you with a white natural looking smile. That means that when you smile, laugh or yawn, no one will know you've ever had a cavity.

In addition to fillings, composites can be used for a wide range of cosmetic restoration procedures such as filling in gaps, cracks and chips in order to achieve a healthy, beautiful smile. In addition to looking natural, composite restoration helps shield teeth that have been cracked or chipped, protecting them from decay-causing bacteria that can otherwise use these small defects as a beginning for cavities.

What are the benefits of composites?

    In addition to its ability to be tinted to match your surrounding teeth, composite resins offer other benefits as well:

  • They’re gentler on your teeth. Composites use strong adhesives so more of your own tooth can be spared, which means we won’t have to drill into your healthy tooth.
  • They’re easy to repair. Although composites are strong enough for daily wear and tear, if they should become chipped or damaged, they can be repaired by adding additional composite and shaping it into a natural shape.
  • They provide a stronger bond. Because they stick chemically to your tooth, composite fillings and restorations strengthen teeth and provide a hard, protective barrier from decay.

Dr. Stoner is skilled in using composite resins for all types of dental restoration procedures. If you have a chipped or cracked tooth, or if you want to replace old fillings with a filling that enhances your smile, call us today at (260) 484-4181 and schedule an appointment to learn more.