Advantages & Disadvantages of Composite Resin Fillings

Pros and Cons of a composite resin fillings


The composite of composite resin fillings bonds to further support the remaining tooth structure, which helps prevent breakage and damage to your tooth. They certainly look better, and are color blended to match your natural tooth color. These fillings are often used to improve the appearance of misshapen, chipped or discolored teeth.

Composite resin fillings last about six to twelve years or more, and the procedure usually takes just one visit to your dentist. There is very little sensitivity to hot or cold items often experienced with amalgam fillings. The dentist won't need to drill as much of the tooth structure as with amalgam fillings.


Composite resin fillings require more time to apply than amalgam fillings. This results in an increased cost for placing composite fillings.

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  1. Introduction to dental fillings section
  2. Fillings for your teeth - an overview
  3. When are dental fillings called for?
  4. Procedure description: Dental fillings
  5. Types of tooth fillings - amalgam and resin
  6. How much do cavity fillings cost?
  7. Things to consider - Advantages and disadvantages
  8. Before and after photos - dental fillings
  9. Personal stories from people who have had their teeth filled
  10. Discuss fillings and cavities on the cosmetic dentistry message board

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