A natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling. Composite fillings offer an aesthetic repair, rebuilding teeth and restoring them back to full functionality. 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 make them now suitable for all teeth.

Why have white fillings?

  • They blend in beautifully with your natural teeth
  • Modern materials make them a durable choice
  • Less of the tooth needs to be removed before placement of the filling
  • They can restore decayed, chipped, worn or broken teeth

What is involved in the treatment?

  • The area to be treated is numbed with a local anaesthetic and the decayed part of the tooth removed.
  • A gel is applied to the tooth, creating tiny holes to allow the composite material to bond effectively.
  • The acidic gel is washed away and the tooth dried.
  • A priming agent is applied so the composite filling will form a strong bond.
  • The colour matched shade of composite is then applied in layers and moulded to match the shape of the tooth.
  • The resin is hardened with a special bright light and it is then polished to look like a natural part of the tooth.

Looking after your fillings

To prevent decay forming around the composite filling, it is important to brush at least twice a day and see your dentist for regular check-ups.

Frequently Asked Question

Are composite fillings better than amalgam?

Composite fillings are a very popular choice due to their aesthetic qualities over silver amalgam. They have similar strength qualities, with composite fillings having the benefit of also being metal free. We can help you decide which option would be the best for you.

Can my composite filling be repaired if it chips or breaks?

Yes, composite is very easy to repair as it is built up in layers and bonded to the natural tooth enamel. Small chips or damage can be restored in a simple appointment. In some cases, it may be preferable to remove the existing composite filling and replace it.

Are composite fillings completely natural looking?

Composite can be completely colour matched to your natural tooth so it blends perfectly and can’t be seen in your mouth. As it is bonded directly to your tooth, composite fillings are a very smooth restoration.