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Can Composite Fillings Stain Just Like Tooth Enamel?


Composite fillings are made from durable glasslike and plastic particles that resemble the color of natural teeth.

This makes them less noticeable than other filling types. Composite fillings can reshape disfigured teeth, restore decayed teeth and add more confidence in your smile.

Composite fillings hold the reputation of being durable with a high resistance to fractures. They do not contract and expand like amalgam fillings and they tend to be less expensive than gold fillings. Its natural white coloring that resembles natural teeth makes it a preferred filling material among many patients.

Can They Stain?

Often, composite fillings as well as teeth get stains because of different beverages and foods. It is the nature of composite fillings to stain and discolor over time. As time progresses, the edges of the composite filling may become rougher and more noticeable. The roughness traps food particles and attracts bacteria, which increases the possibility of a stain forming.

This also happens to silver amalgam fillings. However, with composite fillings, you notice the discoloration more. What used to be a uniform white filling that matched the surrounding teeth turns dark and noticeable. If it happens to be on one of your front teeth, it almost looks like a decayed tooth.

Make Sure To Plan A Visit

If you develop stains around your filling, make sure to call in and have us evaluate the issue. You may find that the tooth is decayed or the composite filling needs replacement. Luckily, sometimes it is possible to polish away some of the stains making the filling last much longer.

In our office, we are conservative with dental treatment when it is required. If no active decay is present, we will polish the stained areas and restore your filling. We love providing information to our patients about dental treatment.