White fillings or tooth-colored fillings are called composites. Composites are a mixture of glass or quartz filler that provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size restorations that need to withstand moderate pressure from chewing. They can be placed on either front or back teeth.
Composites are “bonded” or adhered in a cavity. This can allow Dr. Griffin to make a more conservative repair to your tooth, meaning less tooth structure is removed when Dr. Griffin prepares the tooth. This results in a much smaller filling than that of a metal (amalgam) filling.
It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than it does for a metal filling. That’s because composite fillings require the tooth be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled but the outstanding results are definitely worth the time and expense!