Nowadays, fillings are not only functional but can be natural looking as well. Most individuals don’t want mercury amalgam fillings that show when they laugh or smile because they are more conscious about the way they look. Composite resin is a tooth coloured material that was originally used for front fillings but now has been improved and adapted for strength and can be used to restore back teeth. Your dentist can create a filling that is matched to the shade of your teeth, so your fillings will blend seamlessly into your smile. Like all fillings, composites protect your teeth after decay is removed to prevent breakage of the remaining tooth structure.
Composite fillings allow the dentist to remove less natural tooth structure to bonding to the natural teeth instead of use the method used when placing metal fillings which requires the filling to be ‘locked’ or held in place by the shape of the filling. The process takes slightly longer than standard fillings and can cause sensitivity short term after being placed this is normal and should settle down.