A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures,decalcified white spots etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
Advantage of composite fillings:
- Aesthetically pleasant: 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 teeth.
- Does not crack your teeth: while amalgam fillings expand and shrink more than natural teeth causing cracking and leakage,composite fillings has the same coefficient of thermal expansion like teeth meaning it expands and shrinks like natural teeth thus preventing fracture and tooth decay.
(Actual patient of Copper Canyon Smiles, patient walked in covering her smile because of two front decayed teeth and after 20 minutes in office and no shots, she got it fixed with composite fillings and walked out with a nice big smile!
Reasons for composite fillings:
How are composite fillings placed?
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.
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.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.