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Composite fillings

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Most people have fillings and because we are much more conscious of our smile, we can choose a natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling.

A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition make them generically suitable today.

Composite fillings are tooth coloured fillings.

The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal.

White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings but this is not true and there are now new materials available with properties comparable to amalgam, and these have proved to be very successful. The life expectancy of your composite filling can depend on the depth of cavity and its position in the mouth; your dentist is best positioned to advise you.

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