Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are available on the NHS Band 2 treatment course at the dentists discretion. They are usually done in teeth that are obviously visible as oppose to premolars and molars that would normally be filled with amalgam. Composite is a very popular choice of filling as it is tooth colored and blends in very well to look like natural tooth. Composite is made from a resin and glass mixture which means it can flow into the cavity and then be set by safely using ultra violet light. Due to more modern materials composite is now known to be as durable as amalgam and can be used in all teeth, if a patient would like to have a composite filling in a premolar or molar tooth for cosmetic reasons it is possible to this as a private treatment which can be discussed with the dentist.

Advantages of composite fillings

  • Color matches tooth giving a natural look

  • Bonds to your tooth giving it extra strength and support

  • Less removal of the tooth is required

  • Does not contain mercury like amalgam does which can be cause for concern for some patients

Disadvantages of composite fillings

  • If the saliva mixes with the filling materials during placement the process has to be repeated as it would not set successfully

  • Composite fillings can take longer to place as they are technique sensitive

  • Shrinkage of the filling after setting which can cause sensitivity, this should ease off after a few weeks, hover if it doesn’t it is important to revisit the dentist.