White fillings are done using a special material called "dental composite" that is firmly bonded to the tooth structure. Nowadays composite are able to provide excellent function and aesthetics.
Advantages of White Fillings (Composites):
- Since they bond to the tooth, composite fillings restore most of the original strength of the tooth.
- Restore the natural appearance of the tooth.
- Teeth restored with white fillings are less sensitive to hot and cold than teeth restored with amalgam, if correct techniques are used.
- Composites are mercury-free. Mercury in the fillings is viewed by some as being toxic.