Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, adequately restore teeth that have caries or are chipped. These fillings are bonded to the existing tooth structure, providing structural support, blending seamlessly with the natural tooth. They are wear resistant and can last for many years.
Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
Old metal fillings (also known as amalgam fillings) are comprised of materials like mercury, tin, copper, silver and other trace metals. While some dentists still use metal fillings, tooth-colored fillings are a much safer and more aesthetically-pleasing alternative. There are numerous benefits associated with tooth-colored fillings instead of metal fillings:
The modern composites come in variety of different colors, which allows to achieve a natural look.
In addition to their natural look, composite fillings maintain their initial color throughout the years.
Wear resistance of composite fillings is almost the same as that of natural tooth enamel.
As opposed to amalgam, composite fillings do not contain mercury and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction or other side effects.
Because tooth-colored fillings match existing teeth color, they look seamless and blend in more adequately with the rest of your mouth compared to metal fillings.