A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Each type of dental filling material has its own advantages and disadvantages. You and your pediatric dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your child's teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with all dental restorations, composite fillings will not last forever and need to be maintained with both proper oral hygiene and diet.