Cavities and small fractures leave many teeth with defects that progress over time if
untreated. In the past, metal restorations served a need but left many teeth discolored and
strained from the wedging effect of the metal. Today, tooth-colored composites blending into
tooth structure provide an excellent option for restoring defects. Composites can often be
placed in thinner layers than metal, preserving more of the natural tooth.
Composites serve both functional and aesthetic roles, often at the same time. For example, a
cavity invading the front of a tooth along the gum line may be visible in your smile. By gently
cleaning out the soft, discolored area the decay ceases to destroy healthy mineral surfaces.
And when a composite shade matching the tooth is sculpted into place, the tooth looks better
Composites contain a mix of liquid resin embedded with finely ground glass particles. After
being molded against conditioned tooth structure, blue light applied directly to the composite
leads to a firm set within seconds. Shaped and polished, a high shine reflecting the beauty of
natural enamel results in an invisible restoration: strong, smooth, conservative.