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Composite Fillings

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Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling.

A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition mean they are now suitable for all teeth.

Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings so may take your dentist 15-20 minutes longer to complete.

The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal. The main disadvantage has traditionally been their durability, however new materials are now proving to be very successful with properties comparable to silver amalgam.