Development of resin based fillers, otherwise known as composite, allowed the development of what we know today as white fillings. The use of this materials has made it possible to restore defective teeth back to their original shape and colour. Modern composite fillings have excellent durability and colour stability properties and are the common material used for restoration of cavities in the teeth.
Some of the important advantages can be listed as;
To compare with alternative materials used commonly in dentistry, there are not many disadvantages with resin based materials.
Some of their disadvantages however can be listed as;
The most commonly used material, historically, is amalgam filling which is a Mercury based filler. With the excellent properties of the modern composite materials that are produced, the use of Mercury based filling materials is becoming more and more obsolete..
Where the size of a cavity is too large and plenty of composite materials is needed to fill the cavity and considering that resin based materials shrink as they set, laboratory made composite inlays or onlay may be a better choice of material. This option can have less sensitivity issues.
Gold has always been the the best material in any form of dental restorations and if the aesthetic of it is acceptable by a patient, it is always the first choice of material.
In the cases where composite material is used for veneers, the alternative would be porcelain veneers. However composite veneers are usually far more less invasive than porcelain veneers and composite veneers are far easier and pragmatic to reverse than porcelain veneers.
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