Should I Choose Composite or Ceramic Restoration? 

20 / 10 / 2022

When patients present for dental restoration, they have two choices of material to be used in the procedure: composite and ceramic. The advantages and disadvantages of both types of filling are widely known in the dental community, yet patients still have to decide which material they want when they undergo treatment. Research into choices of restorative dental material demonstrates that the decision boils down to three factors: the aesthetic expectations, the financial investment and the time available for the treatment. In this blog post we discuss the pros and cons of composite and ceramic restorative dental materials to help you make the best choice if you need to. 

Advantages of Composite Dental Treatment 

Composite materials can be produced and affixed to chipped or broken teeth in a very short amount of time. They are also cheaper to produce so the total cost of dental treatment is less. Finally, procedures using composite fillings are less invasive than when using their ceramic counterpart. 

Disadvantages of Composite Dental Treatment 

Due to their composition, composite dental treatments don’t maintain the same aesthetic as ceramic dental treatments. The nature of their affixation makes them slightly less stable than ceramic treatments and they may not have the same positive effect on long-term periodontal health. 

Advantages of Ceramic Dental Treatment 

Ceramic restorations are considered to offer a higher stability and lead to the best possible results in terms of their aesthetic profile. In addition, ceramic dental implants may have a more positive effect on periodontal health in the long-term. 

Disadvantages of Ceramic Dental Treatment 

Ceramic dental treatment takes longer and may be more invasive than its alternative: increasingly potent dental tools are required to affix ceramic materials to tooth tissue. They are also more expensive which may reduce their availability to some people. 

Is Composite or Ceramic The Right Material For Me? 

Patients with less time and money to invest in dental treatments and who are less concerned about aesthetic appeal will find composite fillings and implants a better alternative. In contrast, patients with more time and money to spend and who are more sensitive to aesthetic function will find ceramic dental fillings or implants the better option. Ceramic dental fillings and implants are generally two-toned whereas composite fillings are comprised of a single tone. 

Book an Appointment at Big Smiles Dental Today 

Treating cracked or broken teeth is absolutely essential for maintaining good oral health. If you have any questions around what you think may require restorative dental treatment, or if you are due for a check-up, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment at Big Smiles Dental today.