A composite-or-tooth colored filling is used to repair a tooth that has been affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
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 the more visible areas of the teeth. However, advancements in composite filling material have made it possible to also use tooth-colored fillings on molars, which receive more wear than other teeth.
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.
Did You Know...
that composite fillings allow dentists to preserve more of the natural tooth structure? This is because composite materials chemically bond to the surface of the tooth like an adhesive. The process takes slightly longer to complete than traditional amalgam fillings, but patients can preserve more of the natural portion of the teeth while enjoying a restoration that is discreet and for the most part, unnoticeable.
WHAT TYPE OF POST-TREATMENT CARE IS REQUIRED AFTER GETTING A COMPOSITE FILLING?
Composite fillings are cured with light at your dentist’s office. You should be able to return to normal activity and oral care immediately after your visit. Though, it is normal for treated teeth to experience some sensitivity to hot and cold in the days and weeks following treatment, but sensitivity that persists beyond a week should be reported to your dentist.