Composite Fillings

An alternative to amalgam fillings are composite fillings (also named resin fillings ) which is a tooth colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide). Introduced in the 1960s, dental composites were limited to the front teeth because they lacked the strength needed to withstand the pressure and wear generated by the back teeth. In 1980 the first bonding systems were introduced, which allowed the better bond between the filling and tooth structure.  Since then, composites and bonding agents have been significantly improved and can be successfully placed in the back teeth as well.