A dental restoration or Dental filling is used to restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. 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.
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.
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, the dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. 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.
You will be given instruction on how to care for your new filling 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.