Composite Fillings – Gone are the days of having only one choice of filling material.
For many years, amalgam was the ‘gold standard’ in restorative material. With advances in modern dental materials and techniques, we are constantly discovering new ways to create a natural looking smile, using simpler, more cost-effective methods.
Today, more patients ask us for composite (tooth-coloured) fillings, because they want their teeth to look natural when they laugh, talk and smile, without the appearance of grey/dark coloured fillings.
Composite fillings are made from tooth-coloured resin compounds that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. A composite filling usually requires only one visit, during which the tooth is prepared and restored. One advantage of composite fillings over other dental restorations is that they require less of the healthy part of a tooth to be removed to hold the filling in place. This is due to the strength of the composite material’s ability to bond to teeth.
Composites are preferable for obvious cosmetic reasons, but if the decayed area is large or is subject to heavy chewing pressure, we may recommend another restoration.
White fillings like most dental materials, may require periodic replacement (if not kept clean with daily brushing and flossing). It is, therefore, very important to see your dentist for regular check-ups, so problems can be detected early with periodic x-rays.