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Composite Restorations

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.

Like most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may occasionally need 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. If the tooth is dry, the dentist will remove the decay if necessary. The area will then be thoroughly cleaned and cleaned before the filler is applied. If the decay was close to the root of the tooth, a special treatment should be used to further protect the tooth. The fillings will then be accurately placed, shaped and polished, restoring your teeth to their 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.