A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or imperfections. The decayed or affected area of the tooth will be removed and then filled with the composite filling material.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist should discuss the best options for your specific needs to restore your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used restorative materials used today. Composite material is tooth-colored therefore it can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, and it is more esthetically suited for use in front teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite and amalgam fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last for many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
REASONS FOR FILLINGS:
Cracked or broken teeth
Closing spaces between teeth
Composite and amalgam fillings are placed in one appointment. Your dentist will remove decay or cracks as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepped before filling material is precisely placed. The filling will be 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, possibly for 4 – 6 weeks. Sensitivity will also depend on the depth of the filling, if it was close to the nerve. However, the sensitivity 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 filling.
Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!