Restorative & General Dentistry
Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles.
Dental researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.
These new materials have not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental materials, such as gold, base metal alloys and dental amalgam. That’s because the strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations, such as fillings in the back teeth where chewing forces are greatest.
Tooth Colored Composite Fillings
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.
The cost is moderate and depends on the size of the filling and the technique used by the dentist to place it in the prepared tooth. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than what is required for an amalgam filling. Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.
DMD from Harvard University - Cum Laude
Prosthodontic Residency at Boston University
Harvard Faculty since 1996
Gold Medal - Faculty Award from Harvard School of Dental Medicine
DMD and Prosthodontic Residency at Harvard University
Harvard Faculty since 1996
Masters of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology
Former Head of Division of Prosthodontics - Harvard School of Dental Medicine
Dr. Rabkin received Bachelor of Science (Cum Laude) in Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Received DMD at the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine.
General practice residency at Hartford Hospital.
Dr. Rabkin is a member of the American Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
*-A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration
and replacement of teeth. Prosthodontists receive two or three years
of additional training after dental school, and restore optimum
appearance and function to your smile.
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