Composite fillings are the clear alternative to traditional silver fillings. They address the problem of decay on a portion of any tooth, desire to replace old-fashioned mercury fillings, and the desire to maintain a white, beautiful smile.
After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, a tooth colored quartz-like composite filling is layered into the tooth. This material is hardened or cured with highly intense visible light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth. The final result is virtually invisible.
Overall, composite fillings are just more attractive. They are also environmentally non-toxic unlike the old-fashioned mercury fillings. Composite fillings are stronger because they bond directly to the surface of the tooth and they protect the tooth from fracturing.