Elmhurst Dentist Shares Information About Composite Resin in Dentistry

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on May 18, 2021

When it comes to achieving results in aesthetic and restorative dentistry, few materials are as useful or as versatile as composite resin. This article from our Elmhurst dentists gives you more information about what composite resin is and how it works.

What exactly is composite resin?

Composite resin is a restorative dental material made from a mix of ceramic and plastic compounds. This is completely metal and amalgam-free way to achieve a healthier, more attractive smile in a short period of time. You can use dental resin to:

• Fix dental damage
• Cover and resurface unattractive enamel
• Close gaps in your smile
• Lengthen teeth that are worn down or too short
• Give your smile a straighter appearance

Benefits of Dental Resin

As you can see, dental resin is a popular choice for patients because it looks so natural, and it is infinitely customizable. Resin fillings and restorations…

• Reflect and refract light similarly to real enamel
• Are shaded to match your exact dental shade
• Are durable and strong
• Are simple to care for—simply brush and floss as you would normally
• Do not expand and contract due to temperature fluctuations

What to Expect from the Treatment Process

Another huge advantage of resin bonding is that treatment process is simple, fast, affordable, and comfortable for patients. Once we prep your tooth for bonding, our team will apply your custom-shaded resin to your natural tooth structure. We will shape and smooth the resin so that it truly looks like an extension of your tooth. Then, we cure it, so that the bonding hardens and becomes permanent. In most cases, we are able to complete this entire process in just one appointment.

As you can see, composite resin is incredibly useful in modern dentistry. If you would like to learn more about how resin can be used in your case, give our Elmhurst dentists a call!