When a tooth has a cavity
Or decay present, this is often restored with a filling. Silver, or amalgam fillings, were used exclusively prior to the development of composite, or tooth colored restorations. Composite materials have been studied and developed for years resulting in a wonderful option for fillings that bond directly to the tooth. Due to their esthetic appeal, composite restorations are primarily placed today. Composite restorations can also be used to repair small chips or discolorations of the teeth. A tooth can also be cosmetically reshaped with the use of composite material.