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Dental Composites

Dental composites are also called white or tooth colored fillings. We have also heard it called “porcelain fillings” but this is a misnomer because it is made of a resin based material not porcelain. Their strength and durability is not as high as porcelain or metal restorations and they are more prone to wear and discoloration. The majority of fillings we place now are composite restorations. Our patients realize that they are getting a highly cosmetic filling material that has more maintenance than most other materials we use in dentistry but desire to have a highly aesthetic restoration. However, with recent improvements in composite material science and a better understanding of the technique-sensitivity of placement, it should be noted that this material is getting much better. There are circumstances in which composite (white fillings) is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small grooves in the biting surface of teeth