What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are 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.
Candidates for Tooth Fillings
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
What Are The Types of Dental Fillings?
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Holbrook can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used filling material today. 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 the more visible areas of the teeth.
Benefits Of Tooth-Colored Fillings
- Improved Confidence
- Very Aesthetically Pleasing
- Safer for Teeth
- Improved Strength Of Teeth
- No Discoloration Of The Tooth
- Preserves The Tooth Better
- Requires Less Drilling
Dental Filling Procedure
- While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. 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 sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
How Do I Care For My Tooth-Colored Fillings?
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.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.