What is a Direct Tooth Coloured Restoration?
A tooth coloured restoration is a direct composite resin used to restore teeth that have had decay or been broken. Here at Coral Coast Dental we use a plastic tooth coloured resin material to restore teeth instead of the traditional amalgam (silver restorations). We do not recommend amalgam restorations as amalgam is not bonded to the tooth. Over time when chewing, the amalgam expands in the tooth and causes cracks, damaging natural tooth structure.
How is a restoration done?
A restoration is prepared by removing any dental caries, or shaping a broken tooth. The tooth is then cleaned with a mild acid etch. After etching the tooth is chemically activated using a prime and bond solution. The composite resin is then placed in increments and cured with a blue light. The restoration is then shaped and polished, restoring the mouth back to its original function. The tooth is able to be eaten on immediately.
Advantages of Composite Resin Restorations
- The material used is a tooth colour so it matches your natural shade of teeth
- Restorations are an reasonably inexpensive
- Restorations only take one visit
- Most restorations have a life span 5 to 10 years
- Composite resin is not as strong as a ceramic restoration. It is not a good option for large restorations
- Over time composite restorations may need to be replaced due to wear or staining