There are many types of filling materials available today. The most widely used are resin composite (or tooth colored) fillings and metal amalgam (or silver colored) fillings. While each type of filling has its advantages and disadvantages, our doctors have chosen to utilize resin composite filling materials to repair decayed, cracked, or broken teeth.
Resin composite fillings are typically made of plastic and ceramic compounds that are tooth colored. Because of this, the fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing in restorations of the front teeth and along the smile line. In addition to aesthetics, resin composite materials are stronger and more durable than ever with advancements made in materials technology during the past decade. As a result, the use of resin composite fillings in the entire mouth has become common practice among dentists today.
While durable, composite fillings like amalgam fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced one day. But with proper care, they will last for a very long time and give you many years of beautiful smiles.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually completed in one appointment. The dentist will numb the tooth and remove the decay. The area will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the resin composite material is placed. Once the filling is placed, it is shaped and polished so that the tooth is restored to its original form.
Some patients experience cold/hot sensitivity for a short time when composite fillings are first placed. This is normal. The sensitivity should subside as the tooth adjusts to the new filling.
Patients will receive care instructions once treatment is completed. Good oral hygiene, good eating habits, and regular visits to your dentist will help prolong the life of your fillings.
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