A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth 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 are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth-colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. They are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or other, more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are highly durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
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How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Husen will remove decay as needed. 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 sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed; however, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will help lengthen the life of your new fillings.
If you have any questions about cosmetic dental procedures, call Dr. Judy Husen at (415) 924-4244.