Composite fillings are utilized to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, small cracks or fractures. In order to fill the tooth, first the decayed portion of the tooth will need to be removed. Most fillings in modern dentistry are made of a strong dental grade composite or silver amalgam. Composite fillings are commonly used to fill visible front teeth since they can be colored to matched adjacent natural teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced at some point. Dental fillings are very durable and have been known to last many year. This procedure can be done in as quick as one dental appointment and can help restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
REASONS FOR FILLINGS
- Chipped tooth
- Closing a small gap between two teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn down teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
If the tooth is decayed, the tooth will need to be numbed in order to remove all decay as necessary in order to thoroughly clean the space around the tooth. Once the affected tooth has been carefully prepared, the new filling is placed. Should decay reach near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for additional protection. Once the composite filling is properly placed, shaped, and polished.
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.