A composite, tooth-colored filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed. Then, it is filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with its 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.
Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They are more aesthetically suited for the front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth. Today, dentists increasingly turn to tooth-colored or composite fillings as a stronger, safer, more natural-looking alternative to metal fillings.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent. Someday, they may need to be replaced. However, they are durable and last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
WHY SHOULD YOU GET A COMPOSITE FILLING?
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
THE PROCEDURE FOR COMPOSITE FILLINGS
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist removes decay as needed. Space is then thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed.
If the decay is near the tooth’s nerve, a special medication is applied for added protection. The composite filling is then precisely placed, shaped, and polished. This restores your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to heat and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the filling. You will be given care instructions after your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or discomfort, contact us today, don’t wait! Left untreated, a cavity can cause larger problems and result in tooth loss. At Broadway Dental Excellence, we want you to hang onto your own teeth for a lifetime! We’ll preserve your teeth with tooth-colored fillings for a strong, healthy smile!