Composite fillings are made from durable plastics that are similar in color to natural teeth. The fillings come in various values/brightness which the dentist will best match with your tooth.
Because the composite fillings are tooth-colored, they look more natural and are less noticeable compared to traditional silver colored fillings.
Traditional silver fillings expand slightly over time due to the natural property of the metals. The expansion causes the tooth to fracture and actually causes the tooth to break over time. The dentist is often able to see the fracture lines with the high-powered LED light on the loupes (magnification glasses).
The most important benefit of composite fillings is the abillity for it to bond adhesively to the tooth structure. This allows any tooth surface to be repaired from decay damage, and the fillings themselves are also repairable.
The direct application of the filling is completed in a single visit, and the composite resin is completely hardened by UV light. When you leave, you can eat/drink immediately afterwards; however be careful if you have been numbed!
After the anesthesia wears off, the treated teeth may feel sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel as good as new. If the bite feels abnormal and painful in any way, you should let your dentist know. Continue your normal hygiene plan to ensure that your fillings last for a long time.