About Composite Fillings
A composite (tooth colored) filling can be used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. Sometimes composites are also used to improve the color and esthetics of a tooth.
Believe it or not the number of different types of filling materials out there are about as varied as the number of cars on the road. Some are good and some are not so good. Some have what we call filler material inside that impacts wear resistance and others do not so they can wear away quickly if used in the wrong area.
Our job is to do the research and find the best products out there so that when you come in it reduces your risk of future problems. We have selected everything from the rubber dam material, airflow rate, to the type of bond to make every restoration as ideal as possible and we do not use mercury filled amalgam fillings in our practice.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, we 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.
Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings!