A composite or tooth-colored filling is used in repairing a tooth that is suffering from fractures, cracks, decay, etc. the dentist removes the affected part of the tooth and then fills it with a composite filling.
There are various types of filling materials available, each having its own pros and cons. You and your dentist can discuss which option is best for your teeth. Today, amalgam fillings, as well as composite (tooth-colored) fillings, tend to be the most widely used. Since composite fillings are tooth colored, it is easy to match them to the color of existing teeth. Their aesthetic look makes them suitable for use in front teeth or other visible areas.
Composite fillings, just like many dental restorations, are not permanent and may need to be replaced someday. They have high durability and are capable of lasting many years, resulting in a beautiful and lasting smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Closing space between two teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Broken or cracked teeth
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are done in just one appointment. With the teeth numb, your dentist removes decay as necessary. The space is then cleaned properly before the placement of the new filling. A special medication is administered for more protection if the decay is close to the nerve of the tooth. The composite filling is then placed, shaped and polished, resulting in the restoration of the tooth to its original function and shape.
When the fillings are first placed, it is normal for your tooth to become sensitive to cold and hot. However, the sensitivity will subside as soon as your tooth gets used to the new filling.
You will get care instructions when you complete your treatment. Practicing proper hygiene, healthy eating, as well as periodic dental visits, will enhance the life of your new inlay.