The back teeth are noticeable when we talk and especially when we laugh. Seeing dark, unsightly areas of metal can detract from an otherwise perfect set of teeth. Now there are composite fillings available that are specially designed to match the natural color of the tooth. These directly placed, bonded resin fillings can make a tooth look like new, whether they are used for small areas of decay or to replace current fillings. Since composite fillings bond to the tooth, composite fillings also restore most of the original strength of the tooth. Silver weakens the teeth, making them more susceptible to breaking. A more attractive smile is not the only advantage of composite fillings; there are also health benefits. Since composites bond to the tooth to support the tooth structure, this aids in preventing breakage. This also insulates the tooth from excessive temperature changes, such as when it gets extremely hot or extremely cold.
However, like most dental procedures, it is important to take great care of your composite fillings afterwards. A patient may experience sensitivity after the composite fillings procedure, and it should be acknowledged that the shade of the composite can slightly change if the patient drinks or eats something that stains. With proper oral hygiene and care, the composite fillings should last, look great, and significantly improve your smile.