Composite Fillings

A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. There are many types of filling materials available, each with 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 the teeth.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacing.  They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a resilient, beautiful smile.

Reasons for composite fillings include:

  • Filling in chipped, cracked, decayed, worn or broken teeth
  • Closing a space between two teeth

Procedure

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, the 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 the 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.

We will provide you with care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the longevity of your new filling.