Composite Fillings

A dental restoration or dental filling is a restorative material used artificially to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure.  The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma.  Dental restorations may be fabricated out of a variety of materials:

Dental Composites

Dental composites are also called tooth colored or white fillings.  Crowns can also be made in the laboratory from dental composites.   These materials are similar to those used in direct fillings and are tooth colored.  Tooth-colored restorations are fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable), but also add strength to weakened teeth.  These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding techniques. On average, most restorations serve for 10 or more years.  

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations

There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite fillings are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth.  Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger. Sometimes the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contains fluoride and this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth. The result is a beautiful smile!

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both composite and amalgam materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.