What Are Composite Fillings?

A composite (or tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, fracture or other damage. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small to midsize restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. A portion of the tooth is removed and filled with a composite filling. Composites can also be bonded or held with an adhesive in a cavity, allowing for a more conservative repair on a tooth. Because there are many color options, composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth making them ideal for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the mouth.

Composite fillings can be used for:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

Some close-up examples of composite fillings: