When a tooth has been affected by decay, fractures, cracks, or something similar, a composite filling is commonly used to repair it. The part of the tooth that is in need of repair is removed and then the tooth colored composite filling is applied in its place.

When deciding what type of filling material you would like used, it is best to consult the dentist on the advantages and disadvantages associated with each type of material. The most commonly used fillings are composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings. For the more visible teeth, such as the front teeth, the composite filling is easier to match the color of the surrounding teeth.

Composite fillings are not to be considered permanent and will most likely need to be replaced. These fillings are known for being incredibly durable and tend to last for many years to help you maintain your dazzling smile.

Top Reasons to Use Composite Fillings

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing the space between two teeth
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Tooth decay
  • Worn down teeth

How Are Composite Fillings Placed?

First the tooth is numbed so that the dentist can remove any decay. Then the space left by the decay is cleaned and prepared for the new filling. Once the filling is placed, it is then shaped and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape. If the decay was too close to a nerve then special medication is applied for extra protection. This dental procedure is usually easily accomplished in one appointment.

Please keep in mind that it is completely normal to experience increased sensitivity to anything hot or cold when the filling is first placed. Once your tooth acclimates to the new filling, the sensitivity will fade. At the conclusion of your composite filling placement you will be provided with care instructions.