A composite filling is used to fix a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or other similar conditions. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are several types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are the color of an average tooth, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more suited for use in front teeth or the more visible parts of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may have to be replaced at some point. However they are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.