A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is damaged by decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed, then replaced with a composite filling that closely matches the color of the tooth.
Composite fillings are very popular, but other types of affordable dental fillings are also available. Composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, which make them the perfect choice for front teeth or other visible tooth surfaces. Composite resin fillings are the most common type of fillings used today because they are affordable and long lasting dental fillings. The composite resin is composed of a hard matrix material consisting of plastic and glass filler particles. Other metals such as cobalt, gold, copper, zirconium and titanium oxide are also included within the composite resin material.
Composite fillings are long-lasting and will help beautify your smile for years to come. Keep in mind that these and other dental filling materials are not considered “permanent” and may eventually require replacement. Learn about other types of dental fillings.
We use composite fillings to:
Repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth
Close the space between two teeth
Repair decayed or worn teeth
Talk with us about the many options available for filling materials, and how we use them to protect the health of your smile.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are generally placed in just one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove the decay, then thoroughly clean and carefully prepare the tooth for the new filling. If the tooth decay was near the nerve, special medication is applied to offer additional protection. The composite filling is then perfectly placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
You might notice extra sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; this is only temporary and should subside once your tooth adjusts to the new composite filling.
We will give you specific care instructions at the end of your appointment. Remember, good oral hygiene practices, healthy food choices, and regular dental checkups will help your new composite fillings last.
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