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:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite 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.