Tooth-Coloured Fillings


What is it?

Dental composite is used to restore damaged or missing tooth tissue in both front and back teeth. Composite is a resin-based polymer which adheres well to teeth in most cases (your dentist will inform you if adhesion is likely to be compromised for any reason)

Diagram of a composite filling:composite filling diagram

What is it for?

Composite is very versatile. As well as restoring cavities formed by dental decay in front and back teeth, composite can also be reliably used to restore tooth tissue that has been lost for other reasons, e.g. fractured or worn teeth

What does the procedure involve?

For fillings in decayed teeth, the teeth will usually have to be numbed with a local anaesthetic before treatment. For fillings in broken or worn teeth, anaesthetic is not usually required. Any damaged or diseased tooth tissue will be cut away before the tooth is restored to its natural shape with the composite. Composite must be applied and set incrementally. This means treatment times are longer compared to amalgam.

What are the alternative treatments?

How long will it last?

Composite fillings to restore decayed teeth will now, with contemporary materials, last as long as amalgam fillings (10-12 years on average). This is not a minimum – it means 50% of fillings will need further treatment by this time. Fillings may fail as a result of further tooth decay, tooth fracture, of the filling falling out, all of which may need remedial treatment. Composite fillings to restore fractured or worn teeth often need to be replaced more frequently, as it is usually more difficult to achieve optimum adhesion.

Pros and Cons



Excellent aesthetics Slightly longer treatment compared to amalgam
Simple treatment Slightly higher incidence of sensitivity after filling
More conservative than amalgam filling

Tony – Tooth-Coloured FIllings

Tony’s two silver fillings have been replaced with composite. We have replicated the shape and features of natural teeth

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