Composite Fillings

tooth filling

A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with a composite filling.

Many types of materials are available for the filling, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist will 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.

Like 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.

Composite fillings Procedure

While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove as much decay as necessary. The space will then be 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 and comfort. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished in order to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.

Sensitivity to hot and cold is experienced when composite fillings are first placed. This is normal. It will however subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. Aside from following your care instructions (given to you after your treatment), proper oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will benefit the life of your new fillings.