Learn More From Our Elmhurst Dentist About Using Composite Resin In Dentistry

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Nov 29, 2022

Few materials in the world of dentistry are as versatile and utilitarian as composite resin. This workhorse material is used in both restorative and aesthetic treatments and it delivers results right away. Keep reading to learn more from our Elmhurst dentists

What is composite resin?

When we talk about “composite resin” in dentistry, we are essentially talking about a mixture of ceramic and plastic compounds that is used to replace and repair dental enamel. When our team first applies the resin to your natural tooth, the resin is malleable. Once we smooth and shape it, we’ll cure it so that it hardens and bonds to the tooth.

Why is composite resin used in dentistry?

Your dental team may recommend using composite resin because: 

  • It looks like natural enamel
  • It can be custom-shaded to match the color of your smile
  • It’s moldable, so it can fit into right hard-to-reach spaces
  • It is durable
  • It doesn’t require you to make lifestyle changes post-treatment (you can care for your smile normally)
  • Unlike amalgam, resin does not expand and contract in response to temperature changes

What’s the treatment process like?

Another huge advantage of using composite resin is that the treatment process is fast, simple, and comfortable for the patient. Basically, all you have to do is relax while our team restores and perfects your smile. We’ll place the custom-shaded resin on the appropriate tooth or teeth, shape it, and then cure it so it bonds to your smile. All of this is completed in just one appointment. 

We hope that you have found this brief overview of composite resin both informative and useful. Our Elmhurst restorative dentists are here to answer any additional questions you may have. Give us a call to get started!