At Healthy Smiles Dental, a composite (tooth colored) filling is used
to repair a tooth that is affected by decay,
cracks, fractures or any other reason. In the process, affected
portion of the tooth will be removed and then
filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available and widely used by dentist across the world. Each material has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Your dentist at Healthy Smiles Dental will discuss the best options
for restoring your teeth.
Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the
most widely used today all over the world. Since composit fillings
are tooth colored, they can be closely matched
to the color of your teeth, and are more
aesthetically suited for use in front teeth
or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite
fillings are not permanent and may have
to be replaced. They are very durable, and will
last many years, giving you a long lasting,
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Replace old unaesthetic silver fillings
- Decayed teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.
While the tooth is numb (local anesthesia may be needed). If necessary, your dentist will remove
decay first, then the space will be thoroughly
cleaned and carefully prepared before the new
filling is placed. If the decay was near tooth nerves, a special medication will be applied
for added protection. The composite filling will
then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished to match your exisiting teeth hence
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.
At Healthy Smiles Dental, 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.