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What Is a Composite Filling

Are you tired of seeing dark metal fillings in your mouth? Composite fillings may be the solution you are looking for! At River Valley Smile Center, we are dedicated to providing our patients with the best options for their dental health, and composite fillings are one of our top choices. In this blog, we will go over what composite fillings are and why they may be a great choice for your smile.

What are composite fillings?

Composite fillings are made from a mixture of glass and resin that creates a tooth-colored filling that blends seamlessly with your natural teeth. They are commonly used to fill in cavities, but they can also be used to repair broken or chipped teeth.

One of the biggest benefits of composite fillings is that they are virtually invisible. Unlike traditional metal fillings, which stand out and can be unsightly, composite fillings match the natural shade of your teeth and are much less noticeable.

Why choose composite fillings?

Aside from their cosmetic benefits, there are many reasons to choose composite fillings for your dental needs. Composite fillings are less invasive than traditional metal fillings, meaning that less of your natural tooth structure needs to be removed in order to place the filling. This results in a more conservative treatment approach and helps to preserve more of your natural tooth.

Composite fillings also bond directly to your tooth, which creates a strong seal that helps to prevent future decay and damage. This can be especially important for teeth that are exposed to a lot of pressure or wear and tear, such as molars or teeth that are used frequently for biting and chewing.

How are composite fillings placed?

If you need a composite filling, the first step is to remove any decayed or damaged parts of your tooth. Your dentist will then carefully layer the composite filling material onto your tooth, using a special light to cure each layer as it is added. Once the filling has been shaped and polished to match your natural tooth, it will be hard and durable enough to use normally for biting and chewing.

In general, composite fillings take a bit longer to place than traditional metal fillings, but the benefits of a natural-looking and long-lasting filling are well worth the extra time.


At River Valley Smile Center, we are passionate about providing our patients with the best possible dental care. We believe that composite fillings are an excellent choice for anyone looking to restore or repair their smile. With their natural appearance, strength, and ability to bond directly to your tooth, composite fillings offer many benefits that traditional metal fillings do not.

If you have any questions about composite fillings or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today. We would be happy to help you learn more about how composite fillings can improve your dental health and give you the beautiful, natural-looking smile you deserve.

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