Blending perfectly with your natural teeth, composite (white) fillings offer an attractive tooth coloured alternative to more obvious amalgam fillings and can even be used to reshape disfigured teeth.
Suitable for either the front or back teeth, these fillings are a good looking choice for tooth repair and will also support the remaining structure of a damaged tooth to help prevent further breakage and sensitivity to temperature.
What does treatment involve?
The dentist prepares a composite resin (a mixture of plastic and glass) and layers it on to the decayed area. It is then expertly shaped to fit the tooth and polished to prevent staining.
These cosmetic fillings are more difficult to place than normal fillings so treatment may take a little longer.
Are they hard wearing?
Though traditionally considered less durable than amalgam fillings, composite fillings are now made from hardwearing materials and also have far more aesthetic appeal. Also how long they last will depend on the depth of the treated cavity and its position in the mouth.