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Fillings

What are posterior composites?

When you need a dental restoration (filling) on your posterior (back) teeth, you have two choices: amalgam fillings, which are usually metal-based (silver/ mercury), or composites, which are tooth-colored. Posterior composites are bonded, tooth-colored materials that can be placed in your posterior teeth.

Who can get a posterior composite?

Anyone who has tooth decay and needs a dental restoration might have it done using posterior composites. For larger restorations, there may be some limitations; we’ll talk with you and make sure you understand all your options.

What are the benefits of posterior composites?

Many people prefer their dental restorations to match their teeth in color. Posterior composites can conserve your tooth structure and provide a natural look.

Why should I go to OHSU for my dental restorations?

When you come to OHSU Faculty Dental Practice for your dental needs, you are receiving care from dentists who have years of experience in the field and teach the next generation of dentists. At the OHSU School of Dentistry, we are actively researching the latest in dental technologies and our practice is based on research evidence.

How can I find out more?

If you need a dental restoration and are wondering if you are a candidate for posterior composites, give us a call at 503 494-4316 for an exam. We’ll talk about your options for how best to restore your teeth so they look and feel great.