A tooth-colored direct or indirect filling composed of a polymer material that looks like a natural tooth. Used instead of metal amalgam.
Composite fillings are what people think of when they say "white fillings" or "porcelain fillings". We call them tooth colored fillings to distinguish them from amalgam, gold and temporary filling materials. Most composite restorations today are "light cured" which means that the material remains fluid until a very bright light is shined on it causing it to harden. There are 2 kinds of fillings: Direct fillings, made in the dental office and indirect fillings, made in a dental laboratory.