Tooth Fillings

What is a resin filling?

Resin is a plastic “tooth colored” filling material. Common uses include treatment of teeth with small cavities, replacement of old fillings or restoring undesirable notches on the root surfaces of teeth. Chemical bonding of resin provides strength to the tooth and reduces the risk of fracture. It is an alternative to amalgam (silver) fillings for one-visit procedures and is increasingly the material of choice for most patients due to its natural appearance.

How does it work?

It is important to have a moisture free environment to ensure proper chemical bonding of resin to the tooth surface. After the damaged or decayed tooth is prepared, the resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by Drs. Brueggeman or Kopecky. A high intensity light stimulates the chemical bonding reaction. The restoration is smoothed and polished to a natural appearance.