A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The affected or decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. Before the new filling is placed, the space will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared. A special medication will be applied if the decay was near the nerve of the tooth 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 , however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
After your treatment, care instructions will be given. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will lengthen the life of your new fillings.