Composites are also used to enhance your smile by changing the colour and shape of disfigured teeth.
What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?
A composite filling is a tooth-colored material which consists of a plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth.
What are the advantages of composites?
- Aesthetics – we have the ability to create a colour and shape that mimics the natural tooth.
- Composites bond to the tooth giving it extra support and therefore greater strength.
- They require less drilling, so not as much tooth structure needs to be removed.
- They harden in a matter of seconds instead of hours like other materials.
- They can be repaired if damaged.
- They are mercury-free.
What are the disadvantages?
- They are labour intensive to place.
- Following the placement of a composite, you may experience some tooth sensitivity.
- The shade of the composite can change slightly if you drink tea, coffee or other staining foods.
- Composites don’t have the strength or longevity of silver fillings in large fillings, although they are comparable in small fillings.
At Genuine Smiles we have been exclusively placing tooth-coloured fillings from 2008.