On baby teeth, our pediatric dentists use composites for cavities that are relatively small or only located on one or two surfaces of the teeth. For baby teeth, with large cavities or multiple locations, the restoration of choice is a stainless steel crown. For adult teeth, unless there is considerable tooth structure loss requiring a dental crown, composites are the restoration of choice.
The main benefit of composite fillings is their natural color. If you have a cavity or another form of tooth decay, but don’t want to see your fillings, then a composite filling may be right for you.
Other reasons for considering a composite filling include:
- A chipped tooth
- Wear and tear
- Cracked teeth
- A broken tooth
Of course, every person’s mouth is different. Especially, if you have a broken tooth, you may need another type of dental treatment. Your dentist will be able to recommend the best treatment for your teeth when you come in for an examination.