A blend of fine glass particles and silica mixed to a putty-like consistency, the white composite fillings are easily moulded to the exact shape of the tooth being restored and require less natural tooth structure to be removed due to its micromechanical bonding effect. Hence there are increasing in popularity of composite fillings over traditional silver fillings due to their natural appearance.
Unlike metal fillings, composite filings do not expand or contract with temperature changes that occur in the mouth during normal consumption of hot and cold foods and drinks, and hence eliminating or reducing further fracturing of the tooth.
With advances in dental materials, there are a wide range of composite fillings materials best suitable for anterior or posterior restorations, and shading suitable for every patientâs teeth.
The longevity of composite restoration greatly depends on your home oral care routine, and the extent of filling size and the location of the filling in your mouth.