Lovell Family Dentistry

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, offer several benefits compared to traditional metal amalgam fillings.

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By choosing composite fillings, we can restore your natural-looking, healthy smile.

Aesthetic Appearance

Composite fillings are made of a tooth-colored resin material that can be closely matched to the natural color of the tooth. This allows for a seamless and natural-looking restoration that blends in with the surrounding tooth structure, enhancing the overall appearance of the smile.

Conservative Tooth Preparation

Unlike metal amalgam fillings, which require the removal of more healthy tooth structure to create mechanical retention, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth surface. This allows for a more conservative tooth preparation, preserving more of the natural tooth structure while still providing durable and long-lasting restorations.


Composite fillings can be used to repair cavities, fractures, chips, and other minor dental imperfections. They can also be used for cosmetic purposes, such as reshaping teeth, closing gaps, or covering stains, offering a versatile solution for various dental concerns.

Minimal Sensitivity

Composite fillings typically cause less post-operative sensitivity compared to metal amalgam fillings. The composite resin material transmits less heat and cold, resulting in reduced discomfort for patients, especially those with sensitive teeth.


Composite fillings are composed of resin materials that are biocompatible and free from mercury and other potentially harmful metals found in metal amalgam fillings. This makes them a safe and suitable option for individuals who prefer mercury-free dental restorations.

Adhesive Bonding

Composite fillings bond chemically to the tooth structure, creating a strong and durable bond that helps support the remaining tooth structure and reduce the risk of fracture. This adhesive bonding also helps seal the margins of the filling, preventing bacterial leakage and reducing the likelihood of recurrent decay.

What are the benefits?

Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark metal fillings?  Tooth Colored Composite Fillings could be the answer.

Because composite fillings are made of resins, not metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth, and can restore teeth to a healthy, attractive state. This gives composite fillings several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings; In addition to being safer than traditional silver amalgam fillings which contain mercury, tooth-colored fillings offer a more natural-looking, cosmetic benefit.

Composite fillings are more durable than amalgam, which can degrade over time and let in bacteria and food particles, and more resistant to future cracking and cavities.

Another benefit is that the tooth to composite bond supports the remaining tooth structure, insulating against temperature changes and future breakage. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years.

How do we do them?

Composite fillings are typically placed in a single dental visit. The procedure begins with the dentist administering local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues, ensuring the patient's comfort throughout the process.

Once the tooth is numb, the dentist will use specialized instruments to remove any decayed or damaged tooth structure and prepare the cavity for the filling. Unlike metal amalgam fillings that require mechanical retention, composite fillings bond directly to the tooth surface, allowing for a more conservative tooth preparation.

After the cavity is cleaned and prepared, the dentist will apply an adhesive or bonding agent to the tooth.

Next, the dentist will carefully layer and sculpt the tooth-colored composite resin material into the prepared cavity, shaping it to match the natural contours of the tooth. The composite resin is then hardened or cured using a special curing light, which activates the bonding agent and allows the material to set quickly.

Once the filling is cured, the dentist will check the bite and make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper occlusion and comfort. Finally, the composite filling is polished to a smooth finish, blending seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure and providing a natural-looking restoration.

The entire process typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes per filling, depending on the size and complexity of the cavity. Overall, composite fillings offer a durable, aesthetically pleasing, and minimally invasive solution for restoring teeth affected by decay or damage.