A composite (tooth coloured) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks and fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled in with a composite filling.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced but they are now very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. 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.
Sometimes a patient might experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this persists the filling should be reviewed.
You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.