Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles.

Dental researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.

These new materials have not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental materials, such as gold, base metal alloys and dental amalgam. That’s because the strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations, such as fillings in the back teeth where chewing forces are greatest.


Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.

The cost is moderate and depends on the size of the filling and the technique used by the dentist to place it in the prepared tooth. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling than what is required for an amalgam filling. Composite fillings require a cavity that can be kept clean and dry during filling and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.


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From our patients

“I’m happy to give my highest recommendation to Dr. Shah-Hosseini and her team at Brookline Dental Center. I have seen many dentists throughout my life, and I can honestly say that Dr. Shah-Hosseini is the best dentist I have yet to encounter. In addition, my wife is a dentist, and I know that Drs. Shah-Hosseini and Rasool treat many of the local dentists and their families in our community, which speaks volumes of the amount of trust this team has generated in our area. Dr. Shah-Hosseini’s professionalism, courtesy, and knowledge are immediately evident, making patients feel an instant confidence in her work. Through many treatments, I have been struck by her patience, steady hands, and honest manner. Dr. Shah-Hosseini’s work is also supported by an exceptional staff, including Amy and Haley, who have handled my frequent appointment requests with incredible flexibility. Finally, I cannot say enough about the newly renovated office space. Brookline Dental Center truly feels like a relaxing spa, with tasteful designs adding to a comforting atmosphere. In short, I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Shah-Hosseini and Brookline Dental Center to anyone looking for a dentist to take care of them for the rest of their life. ” ~Ray L. Brookline, MA

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