Composite Resins in Modesto
Dentist Providing White Fillings
Many people are self-conscious about their smiles because their teeth are decayed, disfigured or discolored due to age, heredity or lifestyle habits. In many such cases, we can apply composite resins to restore these teeth to a healthy, strong, white smile. A composite resin is a silicon dioxide-filled tooth-colored plastic mixture used by dentists for improving teeth both structurally and cosmetically. Such 'white fillings' are an excellent solution for highly visible areas of the mouth. Of course, if fillings are required in less visible areas of the mouth, we continue to recommend traditional silver fillings.
Generally, resin placement requires four simple steps: preparation, layering, shaping, and polishing. First, Dr. Jeppson prepares the teeth to be filled: drilling out any decayed area, and cleaning all surfaces with a specialized cleaning agent. Next, he layers the composite onto the teeth, using a special light to harden each layer. When the layering process is complete, Dr. Jeppson carefully shapes the composite to fit the tooth in the same manner as the original dentition. Finally, he polishes it to prevent staining and early wear. The entire, simple process may require about 10 to 20 minutes more than what's needed to place a traditional silver filling, depending on the size of the filling and location of the composite.
Advantages of Composite Resin
There are several advantages to the patient in receiving composite resins as opposed to traditional silver fillings. First, Dr. Jeppson is an expert craftsman, able to precisely blend composite shades and shapes that match the original teeth nearly perfectly. Further, the bond formed between the tooth and the composite supports the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and providing insulation against temperature changes. Finally, average- and small-sized composites have been shown to last as long as silver fillings--seven to ten years.
A Long-Lasting Treatment
You'll typically find that your new smile is enjoyable and simple to care for. There are a few things to keep in mind, however. Infrequently, patients experience temporary post-placement sensitivity after receiving their composite(s). In some cases, the composite shade may also darken slightly from tea, coffee or other staining types of foods and beverages. However, if you anticipate this happening, Dr. Jeppson can prevent it by placing a clear plastic coating over the composite. A final consideration may be cost: composites typically run one-and-a-half to two times the price of a traditional silver filling, with insurance covering up to the price of the silver filling and the patient paying the difference. However, insurance companies will likely increase coverage as composites continue to improve.