Composite Fillings

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Composite Fillings

Dental composite fillings, also known as tooth-colored or white fillings, are a type of dental restoration used to repair teeth that have been affected by decay, fractures, or minor damages. They are made of a mixture of plastic and glass materials, designed to match the natural color of the teeth, providing a discreet and aesthetically pleasing solution. Composite fillings bond tightly to the tooth structure, helping to support the remaining tooth, and can be a suitable alternative to traditional amalgam (silver) fillings.

Types of Composite fillings

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. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. 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 more visible areas of the mouth.

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Getting composite fillings

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. 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.

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.