Composite fillings

Treatments // Composite fillings

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Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, most people choose a natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling.

A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition make them generically suitable today.

Composite fillings are more complicated to place than silver fillings so will take your dentist longer to complete than you may have been used to previously with silver fillings.

The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal and now with new materials and improved placement techniques they are comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of your composite filling can depend on the size of cavity and its position in the mouth, we will advise you as what material is best suited to each individual situation.