Composite restorations, natural looking white colored fillings, are used when there is small to moderate decay present. Unlike traditional amalgam (silver) restorations, composites bond to your tooth, which allows us to keep more natural, healthy tooth structure. Because of bonding to the tooth, composites are also stronger than amalgams and protect the tooth from fracture. Finally, composites produce a much better aesthetic result than amalgams. Modern composite materials come in a wide range of colors, allowing us to create a virtually invisible restoration by blending the restoration into the natural color of the tooth. At Lanz Associates in Dentistry, we only use composite restorations as we feel that this material is superior to amalgams.