A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair your tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. However they are very durable and will give you a beautiful smile. Caution should be exercised in using them in your back teeth because they are not very strong and may contribute to tooth fracture.
Reasons for composite fillings:
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. It is not unusual to experience slight sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this usually subsides 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 fillings.
If you have questions about composite fillings or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.