White Fillings / Composite

Sometimes called “white” or” tooth coloured fillings”. Composite is a plastic material with embedded glass- like particles. The advantages of composite include that it has a very natural appearance and that it is able to bond to the surrounding tooth to reduce the chance of tooth breakage in some situations. Composites do not contain metals and sometimes require less drilling. The disadvantages of composite include that it may be more costly ( usually £60- £90 for each filling , depending on size) and that it is not so suitable for deep or large cavities at the back of the mouth where composites may not be as long lasting as amalgam.

 

Summary: Composite fillings are often suitable for shallow cavities or brittle teeth. They are an attractive option if appearance is important to you or you wish to avoid having metal in your mouth.