composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is
affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected
portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite
are many types of filling materials available, each with their own
advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the
best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with
silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because
composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to
the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use
in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and
may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last
many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
How are composite fillings placed?
Closing space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth.
fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is
numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then
be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is
placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special
medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling
will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your
tooth to its original shape and function.
is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite
fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your
tooth acclimates to the new filling.
will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.
Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits
will aid in the life of your new fillings.
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!