A composite dental filling (tooth colored) is used to repair a tooth that is affected by tooth decay, cracks and fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
How are composite dental fillings placed?
A composite dental filling is usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your 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 dental 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.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new dental filling.
Why do I need a dental filling?
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth (cavities)
- Worn teeth (caused by gnashing or grinding)