Composite Resins

At Mace Dental Group in Washington, MO, Dr. James Mace and Dr. Kelsie Hinkl embrace the versatility and beauty of composite resins to deliver exceptional dental care tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings, have revolutionized the way we restore and enhance smiles, offering a natural-looking alternative to traditional dental materials.

What are Composite Resins?

Composite resins, often referred to simply as “composite,” are tooth-colored materials used in dentistry for various purposes, including filling cavities, repairing chipped or broken teeth, and enhancing the smile’s aesthetics. They are composed of synthetic resins and finely ground glass particles, giving them both durability and a natural appearance.

How are Composite Resins Different From Other Dental Materials?

Composite resins offer advantages over other dental materials, such as amalgam (silver) fillings and ceramic restorations. Unlike amalgam, composite resins blend seamlessly with natural tooth structure, providing a more aesthetically pleasing result. Additionally, composite resins require less removal of healthy tooth structure compared to ceramic restorations, making them a conservative option for restoring teeth.

What are the Benefits of Composite Resins?

Some of the key benefits of composite resins include their ability to closely mimic the appearance of natural teeth, their versatility in addressing various dental concerns, and their bond to the tooth structure, which helps strengthen the remaining tooth. Composite resins also require minimal tooth preparation, making them a conservative option for preserving healthy tooth structure.

How Long Do Composite Resins Last?

The longevity of composite resins depends on various factors, including the location of the restoration, your oral hygiene habits, and the forces applied to the restoration during chewing and biting. On average, composite resin restorations can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or more with proper care and maintenance. Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings can help extend the lifespan of composite restorations.

Are Composite Resins Suitable for Everyone? 

Composite resins are a versatile dental material suitable for most patients, including children and adults. We can use them to restore cavities in both front and back teeth, repair chipped or broken teeth, and even reshape or enhance the appearance of teeth for cosmetic purposes. However, in some cases where significant tooth structure has been lost or additional strength is needed, we may recommend alternative materials such as ceramic restorations.

How are Composite Resin Restorations Placed? 

The placement of composite resin restorations typically involves several steps:

  1. Dr. James Mace or Dr. Kelsie Hinkl prepares the tooth by removing any decay or damaged tissue and shaping it to accommodate the restoration.
  2. The tooth surface is etched with a mild acid solution to create microscopic pores, allowing the composite resin to bond securely to the tooth. The composite resin material is then applied in layers and sculpted to achieve the desired shape and contour.
  3. The restoration is hardened with a curing light and polished to blend seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.

Can Composite Resins Stain or Discolor Over Time? 

While composite resins are highly resistant to staining compared to materials like amalgam, they may become discolored over time, especially if exposed to pigmented foods, beverages, or tobacco products. However, regular brushing, flossing, and professional dental cleanings can help minimize surface staining and maintain the aesthetic appearance of composite resin restorations.

Dr. Mace’s Orbiter® Eye Shield System

Now, fillings are quicker and more accurate at James G. Mace DDS. Dr. Mace is the proud inventor, designer, and developer of The Orbiter®, a device designed to make the safe use of curing light eye protection more efficient. The Orbiter® is an auto-positioning eye filter designed to protect your assistant’s, hygienist’s, or dentist’s eyes during the procedure. This leads to quicker, more accurate fillings. Since the invention, Dr. Mace has made this state-of-the-art technology available to dental offices across the globe. Click to learn more about Dr. Mace’s Orbiter®. (

Composite Resins and Washington, MO

At Mace Dental Group in Washington, MO, Dr. James Mace and Dr. Kelsie Hinkl harness the power of composite resins to transform smiles and improve oral health with precision and artistry. Whether it’s restoring cavities, repairing chipped or broken teeth, or enhancing the smile’s aesthetics, composite resins provide patients with natural-looking results and long-lasting durability. With their commitment to excellence and patient-centered care, Dr. Mace and Dr. Hinkl continue to elevate the standard of dental practice, one composite resin restoration at a time. Schedule an appointment today!

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