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 your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are more esthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not completely permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable though, and with proper home care and check-ups, can last many years and give you a beautiful smile.
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How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. Depending on how big the cavity is, the dentist may need to numb the area with local anesthesia. Afterwards, your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the 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 gets used 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.