A composite (tooth coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or other problems. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are different types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings are one of the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth coloured, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. This makes them a very aesthetic restoration.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will often last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Decayed teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Worn teeth.
Good oral hygiene practices and periodontal cleanings are essential in maintaining dental health and keeping periodontal disease under control!
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. MacLeod will remove any decay that is present. 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 transient sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will usually subside with 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 fillings.