A composite filling is a tooth colored filling that is used to repair a tooth that has been chipped, cracked or has been affected by decay.
There are many types of filling materials available; most are made up of glass or porcelain, synthetic composite resin, and a setting ingredient. Each filling material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Composite fillings are very durable, and will last many years, but as with most dental restorations, composites are not permanent and may one day have to be replaced.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Closing a space between two teeth
- An existing filling is in need of repair (replaced)
Placing a composite filling:
Composite fillings are usually completed in one appointment. Dr. Dornin will first numb the tooth and then remove any decay that exists. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If decay was present near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The doctor will then precisely place, shape, and polish the composite material restoring your tooth to its proper shape (form) and restoring it’s function.
A patient may experience sensitivity to hot and cold after a composite filling is placed. This is normal and will subside shortly after the tooth acclimates to the new filling material.
Good oral hygiene practices, as well as regular dental visits will aid in preserving the life of the filling.