Composite Fillings – A Basic Overview
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. 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 with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for Getting Composite Fillings
For some people, composite fillings are cosmetic. The main reason for this is the personal satisfaction that composite fillings can bring. Whether you believe it or not, damaged teeth can affect your confidence level and life satisfaction. This is on top of the obvious dental issues caused by broken teeth.
But instead of focusing on cosmetic benefits, just remember the long-term advantages that composite fillings can bring.
Check out the main reasons why people get composite fillings:
Chipped teeth – It’s normal for teeth to become chipped over time, especially if you love to bite on hard foods.
Closing space between two teeth – Genetics is a major factor for having an extra space between two teeth.
Cracked or broken teeth – Just like chipped teeth but broken teeth are worst.
Decayed teeth – Decayed teeth is unsightly and can even cause halitosis.
Worn teeth – Worn teeth is manageable through proper oral hygiene. Composite fillings speed up the restoration process.
How are composite fillings placed?
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. The complexity of the procedure depends on the rate of your teeth’s breakage or decay.
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. If you’re feeling any irregular pain, do not hesitate to contact your dentist whenever possible.
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 improving the quality of life of your new fillings. If you want to have a composite filling procedure but worried about cost, just relax a bit! You can find numerous dental plans and programs that can help you cut down expenses. Just ask your dentist if the composite filling procedure that you want is covered by the dental plan.
Here at Lancaster Dental, we want you to have the best composite fillings. Call us today if you want to schedule an appointment!