Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures.  The decayed part of the tooth will be removed and filled with a composite filling.

There are different filling materials available. There are some advantages and disadvantages.  The options should be discussed with your dentist. Composite fillings are very widely used today.

Composite fillings are tooth colored, so they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They are aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.

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.

Why to get composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth.

  • Closing space between two teeth.

  • Cracked or broken teeth.

  • Decayed teeth.

  • Worn teeth.

How are composite fillings put?

Composite fillings are placed within one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove decay.  The space will then be cleaned and prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite fillings will then be placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

Sometimes, there might be sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth adjusts and acclimates to the new filling.

The dentist will explain the instruction about how to care for your tooth.

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