Non metal fillings are becoming an increasingly popular service in dental offices. They can be made of composite resin, porcelain or glass ionomer. They are the best option for fillings when it comes to aesthetics. They can be closely matched to existing teeth as opposed to metal or amalgam fillings that are very noticeable. Non metal fillings are also known for requiring the least amount of tooth structure removal. They often strengthen the tooth they are placed on because they seal well due to the chemical bonding process.

Dental composite material can also be used to reshape teeth and fill gaps for cosmetic reasons.

Initially, non-metal fillings were most often used for front teeth because of their aesthetic advantages, but as technology has progressed, they are now being used on posterior teeth. Some insurance companies will only cover non metal fillings for front teeth though. Each plan is different, so make sure to research your plan before you receive a non metal fillings.

Non metal fillings typically last at least 5 to 7 years with good oral hygiene habits.

Non metal fillings are placed after your dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth. Then they place the composite material and harden it with a bright blue light. This is calling curing. This curing process is done in layers. Then it is shaped and molded. Lastly, your dentist will check your bite to ensure your filling is properly placed. They typically take longer to place because you dentist has to keep your tooth extremely dry while placing the filling.