A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, white decalcified spots etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be buffed out and then filled with a composite filling.
Advantages of Composite fillings over silver amalgam 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 :They are made of resin which has the same coefficient of thermal expansion like teeth unlike Amalgam fillings which expand and shrink more than natural teeth causing cracking and leaking leading to tooth fracture or decay.
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.
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.