Composite fillings are more than just an attractive alternative to silver fillings: they lead to more conservative fillings because less tooth structure is removed. An aesthetic alternative to traditional silver fillings, a composite filling is made of a tooth-colored quartz-like material. This material provides good durability and resistance to fracture because it is bonded to the tooth.
After the tooth decay is removed and cleaned, the tooth-colored material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with highly intense visible light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth.
The final restoration is virtually invisible. The filling blends in with your teeth, so the overall look is very natural. When a filling is recommended, you should make your appointment for as soon as you are able to come in so that further decay doesn't lead to a more complicated dental problem.