Composite White Fillings

A composite resin filling (also known as a white filling) is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) and is a composite quartz resin that usually contains some sort of light sensitive agent.

Introduced in the 1960s dental composites were confined to the front teeth because they were not strong enough to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. Since then composites have been significantly improved and can be successfully placed in the back teeth as well. Composites are not only used to restore decayed areas but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. A composite filling can be tinted to match any tooth color and it forms a natural bond with the existing tooth in a way that metal fillings cannot. The end result is nearly invisible fillings.

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