Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, are a type of dental filling used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, cracks, or fractures. They are made of a tooth-colored composite resin material that is carefully matched to the natural color of the patient’s teeth.
During a composite filling procedure, the dentist will first remove any decayed or damaged tooth material and clean the area thoroughly. They will then apply the composite resin material in layers, using a special light to harden each layer as they go. Once the filling is complete, the dentist will shape and polish it to match the natural shape and contour of the tooth.
Composite fillings offer several benefits over traditional amalgam fillings, including a more natural appearance and the ability to bond directly to the tooth, which can help to strengthen it. They are also less likely to cause sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures than amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings are suitable for repairing small to medium-sized cavities and can be completed in a single visit to the dentist’s office. They are a popular choice for patients who prefer a more natural-looking filling material or who have concerns about the safety of amalgam fillings