Composite fillings, or ‘white fillings’, are natural-looking tooth-coloured resins that are much stronger, safer, and more aesthetically pleasing than the traditional metal fillings. They can be used to restore a decayed tooth or repair a defect. These white composite fillings match the natural colour of your teeth, seamlessly blend in to your mouth, and can also strengthen the remaining tooth structure to prevent further breakage to your teeth.
Another benefit is that composite fillings also create less sensitivity to extremes of hot and cold as they do not conduct heat like traditional metal fillings can. Although they are often used on the front teeth, where a natural appearance is important, they may also be used on a back tooth when the restoration is small, or may be visible when speaking or laughing.
How long does it take?
Like silver fillings, composites can be prepared and placed in one visit. Unlike metal fillings, composite fillings are ready to use right after your visit (traditional fillings require several hours before they approach full strength).
How long does it last?
Composite fillings can last as long as 8 to 12 years. They must be looked after by brushing twice a day and cleaning between your teeth. Floss and inter-dental cleaners (specially shaped brushes) are important tools to remove plaque from the interdental area between the teeth. Plaque in this area can cause dental decay and gum disease.