Composite (resin) restorations are completed in one visit and are used to fill teeth and to correct certain aesthetic imperfections for example gaps, spots, chips, and discolouration. The material used is a strong and durable resin. The composite is matched to your natural tooth using colour shades.

The surface of the tooth is cleaned, a liquid resin (bonding agent) applied and then the composite material shaped. A blue curing light is shined onto the composite in order to  bond it onto the tooth surface. The restoration is then polished.

Due to the overwhelming scientific evidence regarding the toxic effects of mercury and metals used in dental amalgam restorations, composite fillings have become the preferred alternative material. These restorations may even be used to cover the root of a tooth as in the case of receding gums or tooth abrasion caused by overzealous toothbrushing.

composite restorations - beforecomposite restorations - after

* Before and after treatment replacing old amalgam silver filling with composite material. This patient was treated by Dr. Boutsias.

Advantages of composite restorations

  • Considered easy and less expensive than some other treatments such as porcelain inlays, overlays and veneers
  • Requires only one visit
  • Entire procedure is done in the office without having to involve laboratories
  • Cosmetic composite restorations often do not require the use of anaesthetics
  • A minimal amount of the tooth is removed during this procedure


  • The resins used for these composite restorations are less stain-resistant than porcelain
  • They have a shorter lifespan than porcelain restorations