At Victoria dentists the majority of our restorative work is done using composite fillings. Compared with traditional silver fillings they are bonded directly to the tooth, making the tooth stronger than it would be with a silver filling. Because they are bonded directly to the tooth, composite resin fillings require less drilling. Another advantage is they are in tooth colour appearance. A range of shades are available so that the colour of your teeth can be matched very closely, making them almost impossible to see.
Composite Resin (white filling
- Made of: A mixture of plastic and fine glass particles.
- Description: Composite fillings are soft at first and are placed by your dentist in the hole which has been vleared of decay and using a bright blue light that hardens the soft material.
- Used for: Small and large fillings, especially in front teeth or the visible parts of teeth; also for inlays
- -Your fillings or inlay will match the color of your teeth.
- -A filling can be completed in one dental visit. An inlay may require two visits.
- -Composite fillings can bond directly to the tooth. This makes the tooth stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling.
- -Less drilling is involved than with amalgam fillings. That's because your dentist does not have to shape the space as much to hold the filling securely. The bonding process holds the composite resin in the tooth.
- -Composite resin can be used in combination with other materials, such as glass ionomer, to provide the benefits of both materials.