Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

A tooth-colored alternative to traditional mercury fillings.

The Problem:

  • Decay on a portion of any tooth
  • Desire to replace old-fashioned mercury (silver) fillings
  • Desire to maintain a white, beautiful smile

The Solution:

Tooth-colored composite resin fillings can make old fashioned and unattractive silver fillings a thing of the past. Composite resin is a metal-free, tooth colored quartz-like material. Dr. Eastin blends shades to create colors nearly identical to the natural tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.

Advantages:

Composite fillings are more than just attractive. They are environmentally non-toxic because they contain no mercury. Composites strengthen the remaining tooth and help protect it from fracture because they bond directly to the surface of the tooth and don’t require the severe “undercut” of a mercury filling. Many of our patients elect to have their mercury silver fillings replaced before they break, or simply to enhance the health and appearance of their smile. The result: beautiful, strong and healthy teeth.

Disadvantages:

The initial investment in a composite filling is higher than that for a mercury filling. The materials are more expensive and the restoration is more difficult and time consuming to place. However, this initial higher investment is offset in the long run by the health benefits and reduced likelihood of restoring potentially fractured teeth.

Alternatives:

Tooth colored inlays and onlays are sometimes good alternatives to composite fillings, offering excellent long term durability. In cases of extensive decay, inlays, onlays or crowns are the only alternatives to composite fillings.