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What are the advantages of composite tooth fillings?

A composite tooth filling is a white filling. The main advantage of composite tooth fillings is that they blend in with the surrounding tooth structure for a natural appearance.

However, silver fillings or amalgam fillings are less susceptible to recurrent decay, and they are more durable. When esthetic considerations are less of an issue, amalgam fillings can provide a better service to the patient.
Composite resin fillings are made of plastic and tiny glass particles. One main advantage of composite fillings is that they are tooth-colored, so they are less noticeable than amalgam ("silver") fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, making the tooth stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling. Because they bond directly to the tooth, composite resin fillings requires less drilling. By contrast, amalgam fillings sit in a pocket in the tooth that the dentist drills.

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