A composite (tooth colored) filling is used by dental offices to repair a tooth that has been compromised by decay, fractures, cracks, birth defect, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed via laser or other means, and then filled with a composite white color filling.
There are countless types of filling materials available in the market today, each of them with their own advantages and disadvantages. Upon consultation, we can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, in the same way with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, meaning we will match the exact color of your tooth utilizing laser tools nowadays. They can be closely and accurately matched to the color of existing, and neiboring teeth for a close match, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. We restore also posterior teeth utilizing composites as well.
As with most dental restorations, either silver colored amalgam fillings or composite fillings, they are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years to come, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile even for those big laughs at life.
Reasons for selecting composite fillings:
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
Advantages of Composite Fillings:
- Aesthetics — the shade/color of the composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Composites are particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.
- Bonding to tooth structure — composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support.
- Versatility — in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn teeth.
- Tooth-sparing preparation — sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared with amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.