Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings from South Bay Dentistry & Orthodontics

Composite Fillings

If your tooth is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures and you want to avoid expensive dental work, a composite filling may be your best bet. A composite filling is used to repair an affected tooth. The decayed or damaged part of the tooth will be removed and then replaced with a tooth-colored filling.

There are a number of types of fillings, and you should consult your dentist to see which will work best. Your dentist is the best person to tell you which filling material to choose.

Composite fillings are one of the most popular choices for dental fillings today. They are tooth-colored and can be matched to a patient’s natural tooth color, so they’re more aesthetically appealing. Composite fillings are also better when it comes to front teeth or other visible areas in the mouth.

With composite fillings, a long-lasting, beautiful smile is always just a few dental visits away. Though not permanent, these fillings can last for many years and will keep your teeth looking great.

In which cases do you need composite fillings:

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

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are usually done in one visit. After numbing the tooth, your dentist will remove any decay they find. The tooth will then be cleaned and carefully prepared before the new composite filling is placed.

A special medication is applied to the tooth if decay is present near the nerve. Once the medication has been applied, a composite filling is precisely placed, shaped, and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.

Composite fillings have an initial sensitivity to hot and cold. It is common for teeth to feel sensitive after receiving a filling. However, this should diminish shortly after the tooth acclimates to the filling.

Your dentist will give you care instructions when you get your fillings. To keep your new fillings going strong, brush your teeth, have a healthy diet, and make sure to visit the dentist regularly.