Decay on a portion of any tooth Desire to replace old silver (mercury amalgam) fillings with something that looks more natural Desire to maintain a white, beautiful smile
A composite filling is made of a very hard, tooth-colored material that literally bonds to a tooth. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this tooth colored material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with a special light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.
Composite fillings are more than just attractive. They are environmentally non-toxic because they use no mercury. They are strong because they bond directly to the surface of the tooth. They protect the tooth from fracturing because they don’t require the severe “undercut” (removal of healthy tooth structure) as a silver filling does.
Inlays/onlays are sometimes good alternatives to composite fillings, offering excellent long-term durability. In cases of extensive decay, inlays/onlays or crowns are the only alternative.