Composite resin, or tooth-colored fillings, were introduced in the 1960s but were limited to the front teeth, as they were not strong enough to withstand the bite forces exerted by the back teeth. Today, composites are strong enough to be placed anywhere in the mouth and can be used as functional restorations for decayed teeth, as well as cosmetic solutions to alter the shape or color of a tooth.
One of the most obvious benefits of tooth-colored fillings is that they are…tooth colored! Throw your head back and laugh without hesitation – no more metal mouth – no one will know you’ve had a filling. Composite fillings are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
An additional benefit of tooth-colored fillings is the ability to replace metal amalgam fillings successfully. Whether your old metal filling is failing, you’re concerned about possible mercury content, or you just want your teeth to “match”, today’s sturdy composite restorations offer a durable, aesthetically pleasing alternative that look great and feel even better.