tooth-shaded filling resins (also known as "composites", made from
an acrylic base with inorganic fillers) are of a high-quality standard. Above
all, these composite fillings are the best choice for front teeth (incisors,
canines), as well as smaller posterior fillings.
Before – tooth fracture
After – composite filling
The adhesive bond between acrylic and enamel is
achieved through etching and application of primer
to the tooth's surface. In this way, even fragile
teeth are strengthened. For almost every tooth
shade there is a similarly shaded composite available,
almost always allowing perfect aesthetic adaptation
of the filling.
The life span of such extensive fillings is therefore
limited to around three to six years. This is,
of course, dependent on the patient's oral hygiene.
Treatment with ceramic inlays should therefore
always be considered as an alternative to composite.
and disadvantages of composite resin fillings
- Fairly inexpensive
of the tooth
- Good aesthetics
in only one session
- No long-term
stability of larger fillings
of discoloration and abrasion
- Problems with
defects reaching deep under the gums