There are many different types of materials that can be used for teeth fillings. Silver amalgam and composite are the most common, each having advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings are perfect for minor repairs and especially suited for more visible areas because they are tooth-colored.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are made from composite resin of acrylic plastics and tiny glass particles. They are mercury-free and durable.
What Can Composite Fillings Fix?
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- Closing a minor gap between two teeth
- Worn or broken teeth
- Decay from cavities
Why Composite and Not Silver Fillings?
- Significantly less noticeable than silver
- Gentler on the soft tissues of gums, cheeks, and tongue
- Hardens faster
- Won’t expand over time
- Less sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks
- Less existing tooth structure is removed when preparing the affected area