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.
Composite fillings are the most widely used fillings today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They are bonded in place and provide the tooth with a strong, cohesive tooth/filling interface.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings may have to be replaced some day. 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 placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, decay will be removed as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. 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 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 end of your appointment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.