A composite filling is a tooth coloured restoration composed of a nano-filled resin material. Composite comes in many different shades in order to match a patient’s specific tooth colour. Composites can also be used for cosmetic purposes such as brightening a patient’s smile or to change the shape of a disfigured tooth.
Composite fillings are placed by the dentist in layers and a specialised light is used to harden each layer. Once the filling is placed, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist will then polish the filling to prevent staining and early wear.
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The primary advantage of a composite filling
The main advantage of a composite filling is aesthetics. Most patients prefer that a filling blends with the shade of the tooth and not stand out like the old silver fillings. A composite filling can almost be impossible to detect to the untrained eye. A composite filling is also very conservative. The dentist only removes that part of the tooth that is decayed.
Possible disadvantages of composite fillings
Once the filling is placed, a patient could experience sensitivity for a short period of time. This sensation usually subsides in a short period of time. Also, if a patient drinks coffee, tea or consumes any type of food that stains, the patient could experience a slight change in the shade of the composite. Finally, composites tend to wear more quickly than amalgam fillings.