Saint Louis Dentist Shares Information About Composite Resin And How It’s Used

Written by Dr. Grayem on Jun 18, 2024

Our Saint Louis dentists have found that the more our patients know about their treatment options, the more confidently they can pursue potentially life-changing treatment. That is why we are committed to providing our patients with as much information as possible.

Today’s informative article is about one restorative dental material in particular—composite resin. Let’s get started!

What is composite resin?  

Composite resin is a mixture of ceramic and plastic compounds, that, when cured, mimics the appearance of natural dental enamel. This resin starts off as a soft and malleable material. Then, when our team cures it, it hardens into a durable, enamel-like state.

Why is resin used in dentistry?

There are a number of different reasons that composite resin is so popular in modern dentistry:

  • It looks just like real enamel
  • It can be molded into any shape
  • Resin can be colored to match any shade of enamel
  • It is durable and can hold up to the wear and tear of daily life
  • Resin is not heat-reactive, so you don’t have to worry about your restorations expanding and contracting

What’s the treatment process like?

Another major advantage of composite resin is that it takes only one appointment for our team to shape and cure it. You can achieve full aesthetic and restorative results in just one dental appointment.

Whether you have cracked/chipped a tooth, or you need a filling, composite resin will help your smile look and feel whole again.

So, those are the basic facts on composite resin! If you have additional questions about how resin works, or if you’d like to get a better idea of whether it’s right for you, give our Saint Louis dental team a call!