In dental medicine, a composite is a white material used to fill in or reconstruct teeth.
This material is much more recent than the amalgam which is grey.
Initially, it was mainly used for aesthetic reasons on the front teeth. However, thanks to significant improvements, it can now be used for other purposes and combined with the amalgam. It is made of mineral charges mixed in an organic matrix.
Advantages: Softer than the amalgam (hardness close to dentin's). Better aesthetic results.
Drawbacks: Must be perfectly dry (otherwise it cannot be glued).
Conservative odontology is the section of dentistry, which aims to cure teeth by eliminating the least healthy dental substances (enamel and dentin).
It essentially consists of eliminating decayed tissues and replacing missing tissue with a coronary fill-in.
To do so, the tooth must be reconstructed. Two techniques exist
This technique is accurate, long-lasting and aesthetically satisfying.