Composite fillings are natural tooth coloured resins that are much stronger, safer and more aesthetically pleasing that the traditional metal fillings. They can be used to restore a decayed tooth or repair a defect. These white composite fillings match the natural colour of your teeth and so blend in to your mouth almost seamlessly. They can also strengthen the remaining tooth structure to prevent further breakage to your teeth.
Most patients now choose composite fillings for the aesthetic reasons, but also because they are less toxic than amalgam fillings and they also create less sensitivity to extremes of hot and cold.
Composite fillings can last as long as 8 to 12 years. They must be looked after. Brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is vital with fillings. Floss and inter-dental cleaners (specially shaped brushes) are important tools to remove plaque from the interdental area between the teeth. Good oral hygiene is important to prevent dental decay and gum disease, which ultimately lead to further fillings.