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What is Dental Composite?
Dental composite is a mixture of resins, or a combination of glass and plastics. It’s widely popular in dental procedures – including cavity filling, restoration, and cosmetic reshaping – because of its stability and safety. Unlike the metal fillings of the past, composite also offers a great aesthetic advantage. It can also be matched nearly identically to your own tooth shade, so that once it’s placed, it’s nearly undetectable.
Most often, dental composite is applied to fill in cavities, but can also be used to improve the appearance of discolored or misshapen teeth. It’s applied in layers, with a specialized light used to harden each coat, then shaped and polished to match the tooth. It’s preferred by dentists because it provides well-bonded, natural results. Composite supports the natural tooth structure and helps to protect against chipping, breakage, and temperature changes (in the case of sensitive teeth).
Now that you know a bit more about dental composite and what it is, you can rest a easy when you think about your upcoming procedure. If you have any further questions, particularly about your case and treatment, it’s best to ask your dentist. They’ll be able to provide you with more specific information about how the techniques and materials will be used during your appointment.