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Are white, composite fillings better than amalgam, metal fillings?

Until recent decades, metal amalgam fillings were more popular due to their longevity and versatility. Since tooth-coloured materials have improved dramatically over the last twenty years, they have gained in popularity because they eliminate the negative impact that fillings have on patients’ smiles.

Composite fillings, which come in a variety of shades, consist of a blend of microscopic glass particles and plastic polymer and result in a natural-looking filling that blends in with the tooth.

At Mooloolah Dental, we use tooth-coloured fillings almost exclusively. They have a number of benefits over silver fillings.

Conservative – Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth structure, requiring the removal of less healthy tooth structure.

Stable – Metal fillings often feel sensitive because metal is a good conductor for temperature changes. Composite, tooth-coloured fillings may reduce sensitivity.

Reliable – Today’s tooth-coloured fillings last a long time. Most restorations will need to be replaced eventually. If you grind your teeth or develop secondary decay, you might need a new filling sooner.

Aesthetic – Tooth-coloured composite can make small repairs to teeth such as reshaping the tooth and filling in chips.

If you need a filling and want to learn more about tooth-coloured options, contact Mooloolah Dental. Our dentists will discuss the restorative options that will help you achieve your goals for your smile.

Disclaimer: The information throughout this site is not intended to be taken as medical advice.