Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, or composites fillings are restorations that mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have been fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth. Composites are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to possible fractures when daily moderate chewing pressures are used. They can be generally used on front teeth or molars.
Composites are “bonded” or adhered in a cavity. This allows the dentist to make a more conservative repair of the tooth, meaning less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares it. This may result in a smaller filling than that of a metal (amalgam) filling.
It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled.
Tooth Colored Fillings
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