Toluca Lake Dentist Outlines The Basics Of Composite Dental Resin

Written by Dr. McKay on May 18, 2021

Our Toluca Lake dentists have found that patients have success with treatments that are convenient and versatile. That is probably why composite resin bonding has become a go-to solution for restorative and aesthetic dentistry. This article reviews the basics of composite resin treatment—let’s get started! 

What Is Composite Resin?  

Composite resin is a high-quality dental-grade material that has a number of applications in aesthetic and restorative dentistry. Made from a mix of ceramic and plastic compounds, composite resin starts off as a soft, malleable substance. Composite resin hardens and bonds to the natural tooth structure once it is cured with a specific light.

We use dental resin in a number of different ways, including to:

  • Correct dental damage
  • Cover unattractive or uneven enamel
  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Lengthen teeth that are too short or worn down
  • Give the smile a straighter, better aligned appearance

Why Use Resin? 

As you can see, dental resin is quite versatile. On top of that, patients and dentists choose resin because it:

  • Mimics the appearance of natural enamel
  • Can be customized to match any dental shade
  • Stands up to daily wear and tear
  • Doesn’t require high-maintenance upkeep post-treatment
  • Won’t expand and contract in response to temperature changes

What’s The Treatment Process Like?

Many people are thrilled to find out just how quick, convenient, and comfortable dental bonding with resin is. Our team will…

  • Clean, prep, and shape the relevant teeth
  • Apply soft resin to the prepped tooth
  • Shape and smooth the resin
  • Cure the resin so that it hardens and bonds with your real tooth
  • Buff away any excess resin as necessary

This entire process is usually completed in just one appointment. Which means you can come to our office with existing dental damage and leave the same day with a restored smile!  

We hope that you now have a better understanding of composite resin—how it works and for whom it’s appropriate. If you have any additional questions, please contact our Toluca Lake dentists to learn more!