Almost everyone in their lifetime develops a cavity that requires a dental filling. When you develop a cavity, your dentist will remove the decay from your tooth and use a filling to cover or “fill” the area where the decay was.
Traditionally there were amalgam fillings of copper, tin, zinc and mercury that were quite visible and had questionable long term health consequences. Composite fillings are mixtures of composite and ceramic that make them an excellent alternative that is much safer.
Composites are useful when repairing chipped or cracked teeth because they blend in with your teeth to give a natural look. The resin material can create a very strong bond with the tooth meaning that we can reduce the amount of tooth that needs to be removed to make sure the fillings adhere to the enamel strongly. In addition, they can also be used for cosmetic alterations and/or changing the color of teeth.