A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings are the most widely used material in the USA today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. Though color is a wonderful side benefit, the reason we use composite is for it’s functional attributes. Composite actually bonds chemically to the tooth and helps to hold it together. They are very durable, and with proper care should last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Replacing “ugly black” fillings