Composites are a dental restoration that is made of a non-toxic substance. This durable material is primarily made or quartz, ceramic, or silica and are often referred to as tooth-colored fillings. They provide good durability and resistance to fractures in small to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. Composites can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for patients who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
Composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Tooth-colored fillings are now used more often than silver or gold fillings. Some tooth-colored fillings contain materials that release fluoride, protecting them from further risk to caries. In a society focused on a white, bright smile, patients tend to want fillings that blend with the natural color of their teeth.
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases simply by:
- Brushing twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Flossing daily
- Eating a balanced diet and limit snacking
- Scheduling a dental visit every 6 months