Fillings are recommended when the dentist finds a cavity in your tooth. Composite fillings are white, tooth-colored fillings that blend in visually with the patient’s natural teeth. They are very durable and with proper home care, healthy diet, and routine dental visits they will last many years!
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, the 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 is 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.
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.
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.