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, along with silver amalgam 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
aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of
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,
Reasons for composite fillings:
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. The 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.
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