Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth Colored Fillings are made of a material called composite resin. They come in many different shades and are nearly invisible when used to restore a cavity or for cosmetic bonding and recontouring. Unlike older, silver fillings composed of amalgam, composite is bonded to the tooth structure therefore providing strength. Composites require less removal of healthy tooth structure than amalgam when preparing the tooth for a filling. Composites are more technique sensitive than amalgam and require a completely dry setting in order to properly bond to the tooth. Because of this composites may need to be replaced more frequently than amalgams.