A 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 filling.
There 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.
As 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?
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.
It 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.
You 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!