What are composites?

  • It is a filling placed on an area of tooth decay.
  • Made of tooth coloured resin.
  • Special precautions are taken, such as using a rubber dam, to ensure no saliva contamination.


When is it used?

  • A small area affected by tooth decay has to be fixed.
  • To replace old silver amalgam fillings.



  • Tooth structure is maintained.
  • Conservative.
  • Aesthetically and health wise far superior to amalgam(silver) fillings.
  • Long lasting.



  • More time consuming than the old amalgam fillings.
  • Very operator and technique sensitive.
  • Not for larger restorations.