Composite Fillings

Most people have fillings of one sort or another but today, because we are much more conscious of our smile. Now, you can choose a natural looking alternative – the composite, tooth-coloured filling.

A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide), which was first introduced in the 1960s. It was originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature; however, modern improvements to their composition mean that they are now generically suitable to be used on all teeth.

Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings so may take your dentist 15-20 minutes longer to complete. This is due to the fact that the tooth being worked on and the surrounding tissues must be kept as moisture-free as possible to allow the composite to bond. Additionally, composite fillings are considered to be a cosmetic treatment, meaning that they are not available on the NHS and will need to be paid for.

The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal. The main disadvantage is their life expectancy. White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings but there are now new materials available with properties comparable to silver amalgam, and these are proving to be very successful. The life expectancy of your composite filling can depend on the depth of cavity and its position in the mouth; your dentist is best positioned to advise you.

Here at Killay Dental Health Centre, we proudly use a new material called Admira Fusion, which is a renowned for its excellent biocompatibility and is the world’s first all-ceramic based composite material. We also use a number of other composites.

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