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Composite Fillings

Tooth-colored fillings are an excellent alternative to traditional silver amalgam fillings. They look and feel like your natural teeth, with the benefit of being completely undetectable in the mouth, allowing you to smile with complete confidence.

What is a composite filling?

compositeA composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a 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 resin.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the 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.

Reasons for composite fillings

Chipped teeth
Closing space between two teeth
Cracked or broken teeth
Decayed teeth
Worn teeth

What is involved in getting a composite filling?

Composite fillings are 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 composite 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.

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