The most commonly used tooth colored fillings are made of composite resin which is a combination
of small ceramic particles bound together with resin polymers.
Then is tooth structure is etched with a mild acid and rinsed with water after several
After that composite resin is used to fill in the missing tooth structure and that is also
polymerized (cured) using a curing light.
The filling is then shaped and polished. They are a good
choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
The time to place a composite filling is longer than for an amalgam filling. That’s because composite
fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled, and there are more
Another option for tooth colored restorations is to use porcelain fillings or porcelain
If the amount of the tooth to be restored is large the porcelain filling or crown usually the
better option because of durability and resistance to breakage.
Porcelain fillings involve laboratory
steps and as a result take more time and cost considerably more.