Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are tooth-colored fills that are used to repair a tooth that has experienced some type of damage, whether it is decay, a chip or something else. Once the flawed part of the tooth is removed, the composite filling is used to fill up the tooth, giving it back its original form.

Composite fillings are only one of the many filling options that are available for restorations. Each option has its own benefits and drawbacks, and the doctor would be the best one to discuss the different options with you. Silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings are used more than any other type of filling. Composite fillings can be very closely matched to a tooth's existing color and are therefore more appropriate for front teeth or other visible teeth.
Composite fillings are very durable, lasting for several years, but they most likely will have to be replaced after time.

Reasons for composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing a gap between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings can typically be done or placed in one appointment. After numbing the tooth, the doctor will remove decay and other damaged areas. Before placing the new filling, the new space will be thoroughly cleaned. Special medication is applied to teeth that have decay near the tooth root. After this prep work, the composite filling will be placed, shaped and polished, and your tooth will once again have its original shape and function.
After first receiving a composite filling, you are likely to be sensitive to hot and cold. Once your tooth acclimates to the new filling, this sensitivity will go away.

The doctor or hygienist will provide you with care instructions when the procedure is finished. Keeping up good eating habits, regular dental visits and a consistent home dental routine will help extend the life of your fillings.



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