Ultimately the best dental filling is no filling. Prevention is the best cure, the next best solution may be composite fillings.
Over the last 50 years, the restoration material to treat tooth decay has advanced.
Composite resins or tooth coloured fillings are getting more popular probably because of their cosmetics.
They can blend with the teeth and provide more natural looking fillings.
In comparison to amalgam, composite fillings are more technique sensitive to place.
The composite resin is bonded to the tooth structure and the subsequent layers are polymerized (hardened) using blue filtered light.
Composite fillings provide good durability and fracture resistance in small to mid-size fillings. Although composites are preferred for cosmetic reasons, if the cavity is too large or in an area where functional stress occurs, your dentist may recommend other treatment options.
There are different techniques to achieve long-lasting aesthetic large sized fillings usually referred to as onlays or indirect restorations. They are cast or milled to fit each individual damaged tooth.
Talk to us about your situation so we can advise you.