What are the benefits of composite fillings?

Durable, tooth-colored composite fillings eliminate the need for visible metal components of dentistry. Composite fillings have four primary benefits that our patients appreciate:

1. Composite fillings blend into the natural tooth structure to become invisible. 

Composite comes in a variety of tooth-colored options to complement the appearance of teeth. Because composite does not whiten in the same way as natural teeth, if you plan to whiten your teeth, doing so before fillings are placed will help ensure a good match.

2. Your tooth can be prepared more conservatively for a composite filling compared to an amalgam (silver) filling.

Silver amalgam fillings require the removal of more tooth structure to anchor to the tooth. Composite material bonds directly to the tooth structure, requiring only the removal of diseased or damaged portions of the tooth.

3. Most patients have less sensitivity following the filling procedure with composite fillings because composite fillings are not good conductors like their metal counterparts.

Tooth-colored fillings are also less susceptible to expansion and contraction with temperature changes.

4. Composite provides a solution for small cosmetic problems such as filling small chips or reshaping teeth.

Composite bonding is an affordable and non-invasive way to improve the appearance of teeth without complex procedures or multiple appointments.

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