Nowadays, most people have fillings of one sort or another. But if you don’t want your fillings to be noticeable, we at Focus Dental Clinic can offer a natural looking alternative – the composite or tooth-coloured filling.
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A composite resin is a tooth-coloured plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) that was first introduced in the 1960s. Originally only used for front teeth because of their softer nature, modern improvements to their composition allow them to be used throughout the mouth today. They offer a more natural and unnoticeable aesthetic than traditional fillings.
The main advantage of composite fillings is their aesthetic appeal as they offer a far more natural appearance than a traditional silver filling, but the main disadvantage may be their life expectancy. White fillings have always been considered less long lasting than silver amalgam fillings. But new advancements are being made in composite fillings all the time and we at Focus Dental Clinic bring you the very latest developments. Therefore, the life expectancy of your composite filling may vary, and can depend on the depth of cavity and its position in the mouth; your dentist is best positioned to advise you.
Composite fillings are more difficult to place than silver fillings so may take your dentist 15-20 minutes longer to complete. Because they are considered to be a cosmetic treatment, they are not available on the NHS and must be paid for.