200 Forbes St, Suite 301, Annapolis, MD 21401(443) 832-4401
13974 Baltimore Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707(301) 490-8200
501 N Frederick Avenue, Suite 109, Gaithersburg, MD 20877(301) 527-8664
532 Baltimore Blvd, Suite 412, Westminster, MD 21157(410) 876-1747
Annapolis: (443) 832-4401
Laurel: (301) 490-8200
Gaithersburg: (301) 527-8664
Westminster: (410) 876-1747

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.

The cost is moderate and depends on the size of the filling and the technique used by the dentist to place it in the prepared tooth. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than what is required for an amalgam filling. Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.


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