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.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and the 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, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth. Today, dentists have increasingly turned to tooth-colored or composite fillings, as a strong, safe and more natural-looking alternative to metal fillings.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
WHY SHOULD YOU GET A COMPOSITE FILLING?
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE FOR A COMPOSITE FILLING?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly 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. 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 some sensitivity to hot and cold when composite 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 conclusion of 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, give us a call 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 help preserve your teeth with tooth-colored fillings for a strong, healthy smile!