Composite is a tooth-colored material that can be chemically and mechanically bonded to a natural tooth. This allows dentists to uses it to replace decayed or affected parts of a tooth removed due to decay, fractures, or cracks.
There are many types of filling materials available. Amalgam and gold can be used to restore teeth. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Composite Fillings not only provide the needed strength, but also provide a more aesthetic restoration.
As with all dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped front teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth to stop food impaction.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth or existing restorations.
How are composite fillings placed?
While the tooth is anesthetized if necessary any decay as well as any unsupported tooth structure will be removed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and prepared to bond to the composite. The composite material is then placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its 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.