What is a composite filling: A composite (tooth colored) filling is primarily used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, and fractures. The affected portion of the tooth will have to be removed and then filled with a composite filling to prevent further decay.
They are tooth colored and are disguised: There are many types of filling materials available in the market and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. You can discuss with your dentist the best options for restoring or mending your teeth. Composite fillings along with silver amalgam fillings are the most widely and commonly used these days. Given that composite fillings are tooth colored they are concealed with the color of existing teeth and hence they are predominantly used in front row or the more visible areas of your teeth.
They go a long way in giving you a beautiful smile: These fillings are not permanent and as with most dental restorations these composite fillings need to be replaced someday. Having said that they are very durable, will last many years, and give you the much-needed long-lasting and beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How are composite fillings placed? Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment or sitting. And while the tooth is still numb, your dentist will remove tooth decay completely. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned, carefully prepared and washed prior to placing the new filling. And if the decay happens to be close to the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for better and added protection. Then the composite filling will be precisely placed, contoured, and polished, reinstating and bringing back your tooth to its original shape and function.
What happens after a composite filling and care to be taken: It is common to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are placed initially however this will subside shortly after your tooth adjusts, adapts, and acclimates to the new filling. You will be given some care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. By practicing good oral hygiene, eating habits and regular dental visits you can enhance the life of your new fillings!