Also called composite fillings, they are made from tooth-coloured materials that restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. Because they match the colour of your natural teeth, tooth coloured fillings are inconspicuous.
Tooth coloured fillings, unlike silver fillings, are bonded onto your teeth. Tooth coloured fillings are best for small cavity restorations. Properly cared-for tooth coloured fillings on front teeth can last a lifetime, but on back teeth they normally last between 7 and 10 years. If you already have silver fillings but wish that they would look more natural, you can replace them with tooth coloured fillings. Tooth coloured fillings, unlike silver fillings, allow you to eat as soon as the anaesthesia wears off.