Teeth affected by decay, cracks, fractures and so on are repaired with composite (tooth-colored) filler. The decayed or affected part of the tooth is removed and then filled with a composite sealant.
There are many types of fillers, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Along with silver amalgam fillings, composite fillings are the most widely used. Composite fillings are tooth-colored so they can be closely matched to existing teeth and are more aesthetic for use in anterior or more visible areas of the teeth.
As is the case with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced one day. They are very durable and will give you a long lasting and beautiful smile for many years.
Reasons for using composite fillings:
- Broken teeth
- Close a gap between two teeth
- Cracked or chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually completed during one appointment. Your dentist will remove any decay if necessary when the tooth is numb. Subsequently the decayed area will be completely filled and carefully prepared before the new filling is made. If the decay is close to the tooth nerve, a special drug will be applied for additional protection. The composite filler will then be fully inserted, shaped and polished to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
When composite fillings are placed for the first time, it is normal to feel warm and cold sensitization, but this will diminish soon after your teeth get used to the new filler.
At the end of your treatment you will be given care instructions. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will help you in the life of your new fillings.