A composite or tooth-colored filling is used in the repair of a tooth that is affected by fractures, cracks, decay, etc. the affected part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a composite filling.
There are lots of filling materials out there, and they all have their pros and cons. You should be able to work with the dentist on the best option for you. The most commonly used type of fillings today is composite fillings and amalgam fillings. Since composite fillings have the same color as the tooth, it is easy to match them to the color of existing teeth, and they look beautiful when used in more visible areas of the mouth, such as the front teeth.
Just like many dental restorations, composite fillings may need to be replaced in the future.
They are durable and can keep giving you a confident and lasting smile for many years.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Closing gap between two teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Broken teeth or cracked
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Usually, composite fillings are done in one appointment. With the tooth numb, your dentist will get rid of any decay, if necessary. The space is then properly prepared and cleaned before placing the new fillings. Where the decay is close to the nerve, a special medication is applied for extra protection. The composite filling is then placed and polished, giving your tooth its original function and shape.
You may experience some sensitivity to cold and hot substances when your fillings are just placed. However, there will be a significant improvement as soon as your tooth gets used to the new filling.
You will get care instructions as soon as you complete your treatment. Good oral hygiene routine, a healthy diet, and visiting the dentist regularly will go a long way in enhancing the life of your new filling.