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Composite Dental Fillings

Tooth-colored composite fillings are often the best choice for repairing a tooth damaged by decay, fractures, cracks or other issues. The damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the void filled with the composite. Many filling types are available, and each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. In consultation with your dentist, you can determine the best tooth restoration option for you.Composite fillings are the most widely used in modern dentistry, and since it is tooth-colored, it can be matched closely to the existing tooth, leading to better results for visible teeth.

Composites, like most dental restorations, may have to be replaced someday. While they are very durable, will last many years and provide beautiful and functional teeth, they do not last forever.

Consider choosing composite fillings for:
  • Chipped teeth
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Worn teeth
  • Decayed teeth

How are composite fillings done?

Composite fillings are usually put in during just one appointment. Once a tooth is numbed, the dentist removes decay or damage. Then, the area is cleaned thoroughly and prepared carefully for the new filling. If the decay reaches near the nerve of the tooth, special medicine is applied to add protection. The filling is then placed precisely, shaped and polished, restoring the tooth to its original function and appearance.

When fillings are first put in, some sensitivity to cold and hot are common, but this subsides quickly as the tooth gets used to the repair. Oral care instructions are provided after the treatment. Practicing good oral hygiene, good eating habits and seeing a dentist regularly can help a filling last as long as possible.

To learn more about how composite fillings can work for you, call us at (619) 640-5100 for a free consultation.