Tooth-coloured composite fillings have revolutionised dentistry, offering an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional amalgam fillings. As the industry continues to evolve, so does our commitment to providing patients with treatments that enhance their oral health and the appearance of their smile.

Why Choose Tooth-Coloured Composite Fillings?

In the past, amalgam fillings were the go-to choice for treating cavities. However, these metal fillings tend to expand over time, causing potential cracks and fractures in the teeth. Some patients can also experience sensitivity or adverse reactions to the materials within amalgam fillings. Moreover, the grey or black appearance of these fillings is not visually appealing.

With the advent of tooth-coloured composite filling materials, amalgam fillings have become less popular. Composite fillings are strong, biocompatible, and aesthetically pleasing, offering better outcomes for patients by reinforcing the tooth structure to prevent cracks. They also address environmental concerns associated with waste disposal from amalgam fillings.

Composite Filling Procedure

Composite fillings are an ideal solution when the filling is less than 50% of the remaining tooth structure. The procedure can be completed in one visit, making it a time-efficient and cost-effective option. The colours of these fillings can be matched to each tooth.  

Different composite materials, available in a wide range of shades, help mimic the colour of the surrounding tooth. The filling is built up in increments, with close attention paid to the tooth’s shape. The dentist uses bite paper to check for even pressure and gives the filling a final polish for a smooth finish.

How Much Does A Composite Filling Cost?

The price of a composite filling varies depending on the tooth that needs to be treated and the size of the filling. However, at The Aesthetic Smile Collective, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality dental treatments at competitive prices. 

For a composite filling, you can expect to pay the following:

  • Smaller fillings: $160 to $200
  • Medium-sized fillings: $200 to $260
  • Larger fillings: $260 to $350

(Please note: these are estimates, and the actual cost varies depending on the size of the filling.)

Composite Fillings Before and After

Example 1

In this case, we replaced an old, cracked, decayed metal amalgam with a tooth-coloured composite filling. 

The use of the blue rubber sheet (rubber dam) allows all the material to be safely removed without any being swallowed. It also ensures the tooth is dry when we place the new filling and separates tissues from the area we are working on.  

The result is a strong, functional, aesthetically pleasing filling that will last long.

Example 2

In this case, we replaced a failed amalgam filling with a biocompatible, bonded, tooth-coloured filling:

Example 3

Here, the patient had an old, stained filling on their front tooth, which was replaced with a new composite filling to blend in and enhance their smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can tooth-coloured fillings be used to replace old amalgam fillings?

Yes, tooth-coloured fillings are a great replacement for old amalgam fillings, offering a natural look and preserving more of the original tooth structure by bonding directly to it.

Are tooth-coloured fillings as durable as amalgam fillings?

Yes, tooth-coloured fillings are highly durable and can withstand the daily wear and tear of chewing.

How long do composite fillings last?

Typically, composite fillings have a lifespan of 7–10 years. Composite fillings can last longer in a favourable environment where patients maintain good oral hygiene, have regular check-ups every 6 months, and do not grind their teeth.

Are there any side effects following a composite filling procedure?

Minor discomfort from the anaesthetic and temporary sensitivity may be experienced for a day or two, but these typically resolve on their own.

When is it safe to resume chewing after a composite filling?

After a composite filling procedure, it is safe to resume chewing once the filling has completely set and the numbness has worn off, usually within 1 to 2 hours.

Can composite fillings match the colour of the front teeth?

Yes, the filling material is used for all teeth, and fillings on front teeth can be made to blend in with the existing colour.