Composite fillings are now commonly used to repair teeth that are suffering from fractures, cracks, decay etc. The part of the tooth that has been affected is removed and a composite filling is placed. There are a number of different restorations available such as inlays, onlays and composite fillings and they are the best option for amalgam restorations or silver replacements.
Composite fillings are made to match the colour of your existing teeth and are the best option for front teeth or for teeth that are in visible areas. Just like their silver counterparts, composite fillings aren’t permanent and will need to be replaced at a later date. They will, however, last a number of years while providing you with a beautiful smile.
Composite fillings can be used for the following dental issues:
- Worn teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Teeth that are broken or cracked
- To close an existing space between 2 teeth
It usually only takes one appointment to place of fillings. The dentist will start by numbing the tooth area and will then remove any decay or make other preparations that may be required. The tooth is then cleaned before placing the filling and if the decay is deep and close to a nerve, the dentist will apply a specific medication to help protect the tooth. The composite filling is then placed precisely, shaped to match your bite and polished.
Once the filling has been placed you may experience cold or hot sensitivity but you can expect this to subside fairly quickly. Your tooth just needs some time to get used to its brand-new filling. You will be provided with instructions following the procedure regarding both specific care of your composite filling and overall hygiene practices. We will also schedule your next appointment for any further treatment that may be necessary or your next regular checkup.