Tooth Colored Fillings (Composites)

Composite fillings, also known as tooth colored fillings, are placed when a tooth has a cavity, small fractures, or old, broken fillings in need of replacement.  The composite resin material creates a natural appearance, allowing its use on both front and back teeth.  They are a great choice for those who prefer esthetic options or for front teeth which are visible when smiling.  As with all fillings, composite fillings need to be replaced periodically and will be checked carefully at each of your preventive care appointments.  Once a filling is placed, it is important to maintain good oral hygiene, diet and schedule regular dental visits to maximize the life of your new filling.

Tooth colored fillings take longer to place than silver fillings and require a dry tooth during placement in order to bond to the tooth.  Therefore, there are certain teeth where it may not be possible to place composite. In these circumstances we will discuss your options such as silver fillings or other tooth colored filling options.