A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and other dental problems. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. You and Dr. Presser of Presser Dental Group can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth.
Composite fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. These are more aesthetically suited to use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent. These may have to be replaced. However, they are very durable, which will last many years and give you a long-lasting beautiful smile.
Composite fillings are usually placed during a single appointment. While the tooth is numb, Dr. Presser 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 to restore your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
We provide our patients in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and nearby areas with care instructions at the conclusion of their treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of new fillings.
If you have any questions about composite fillings, give us a call or drop by our clinic!