Tooth-colored composite fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of the tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings look more natural and don’t require us to remove as much tooth structure. Composite fillings also don’t put you at risk for cracks in adjacent natural tooth structure the way some amalgams do.
These fillings are repairable. If there’s a problem with a small area of a composite filling, we can remove and replace just that part without replacing the entire filling.
What are the advantages of tooth colored fillings?
- Composite fillings closely match natural tooth color and appearance
- They bond to tooth structure chemically and thus do not require the placement of slots, grooves or pins in healthy tooth structure to mechanically retain them
- They completely harden in seconds instead of days required by some other materials
- The bonding of white fillings to the tooth restore 85% – 95% of the original strength of the tooth
- Tooth sensitivity, if any, due to composite resin use is minimal and brief
- Tooth-colored fillings may be used on front and/or back teeth without compromising esthetics
- If damaged they can be repaired