Composite (Tooth-colored) Fillings
The process of a filling involves removing decayed, cracked, or fractured tooth structure and preparing the site to be replaced by a restorative material. Tooth-colored or composite fillings are used to fill the decayed or affected site to regain function of that particular tooth.
Recommendations for Composite Fillings
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
- Aestheticly to close a space between two teeth
There are various types and brands of filling material, including a variety of different composite materials to choose from. Here at Spectrum Dentistry, our doctors make the best recommendation of filling
type based on your previous history to dental work and your personal preference as a patient.
Composite fillings are very durable and if taken care of with proper home-health care, can provide you a beautiful smile for many years. However, like most dental restorations, they are not permanent and may have to be replaced someday.
Preparation of Composite Fillings:
The process of placing composite fillings consists of a single appointment, in which the area of the decayed tooth will be numbed and the dentist will remove the decay or any potion of a cracked tooth in order to
“prepare” the site for filling placement.
It is normal to experience temperature sensitivity to hot and cold within the first few weeks of composite filling placement. This will subside shortly after your tooth adjusts to its original shape and function. Rarely, an additional appointment is needed to perform a bite adjustment. Due to the fact that patients are numb when their bites are adjusted after a composite filling is placed.
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