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Composite Fillings

Fillings are commonplace these days. However, in this age of camera phones and social media, most of us are far more aware of our appearance – and in particular our smiles. So if a natural-looking alternative is available to the traditional metallic filling that’s great news. Enter the composite, tooth-coloured filling.

WHAT IS A COMPOSITE FILLING?

A composite filling is a resin which consists of a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Composite fillings were initially introduced in the 1960s. Back then, they were only an option for front teeth. This was due to their softer properties. Today, their composition has been sufficiently improved so that they are suitable for teeth at the rear of the mouth too.

It takes about 15 minutes longer to fit composite fillings as they are a little more complex to place. They are not offered by the NHS because they are regarded as a cosmetic treatment. Therefore, they must always be paid for.

WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF COMPOSITE FILLINGS?

Composite filling

Aesthetic appeal is the primary benefit of choosing composite fillings. They look great and disguise the fact that you have had dental treatment.

Traditionally the main downside to composite fillings has been their longevity. In the past, white fillings had a reputation for a shorter lifespan than silver amalgam fillings. However, with scientific advances leading to new materials with properties comparable to silver amalgam, white fillings are proving to be very successful.

The lifespan of your composite filling will depend on how deep the cavity is and its location in the mouth. Your dentist will be able to professionally advise you of your composite filling life expectancy.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us and a member of our team will be able to help. 

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