The Benefits of Composites

What is a Composite Resin (also known as White Filing)?

It is a tooth-colored plastic (together with glass mixture) used to restore decayed teeth. In addition, composites are used in patients seeking cosmetic improvements of the smile, as they change the color of the teeth and reshape disfigured teeth. They restore the patient’s natural smile.

How is a composite placed?

After adequate preparation, the dentist takes the composite and places it in layers; ideally using a light specialized in hardening each layer. Once done with the process, the dentist shapes the composite to fit the tooth. Then he or she finishes the process by polishing the composite to prevent staining or early wear.

How much does it cost?

Although prices may vary, composites can cost up to twice the price of a silver filing. As such, most dental insurance cover or plans will take care of the cost of the composite up to that of a silver filing. The patient pays any difference. However, as composites continue to improve, insurance firms continue to gain confidence in them and are more likely to increase their coverage of the product.

The benefits associated with composites?

Aesthetics form the main advantage of composites, as dentists are able to blend shapes and create a color that closely resembles that of the actual tooth. In addition, composites bond the tooth to provide support to the tooth structure that remains, preventing unnecessary breakage. They also insulate the tooth and protect then from extreme temperature changes.


After getting a composite, some patients experience postoperative sensitivity. Drinking coffee, tea, and other staining foods may slightly change the shade of the composite. However, the dentist may prevent this by placing a clear plastic coating to retain its color. Composites are also known to wear out sooner than silver filings placed in larger cavities. Regardless, they hold up as well when used in smaller cavities.