A composite (tooth coloured) restoration or filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then restored with a composite filling.
There are many types of restorative material available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and a dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings are one of the most widely used today. Because composite restorations are tooth coloured, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are aesthetically pleasing.
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, healthy beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite restorations:
- Decayed teeth.
- Chipped teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How are composite restorations placed?
Composite restorations are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the 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 transient sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will usually subside in time.
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 restorations.