Why You Need a Composite Filling
A composite 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. Because composite fillings are specially blended for your teeth, 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 back teeth. If you have just undergone a teeth whitening procedure, we recommend waiting about a week before getting a tooth filled so we can properly match the color.
Reasons to use composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Close space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove the decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new tooth filling is placed. Similar to a porcelain filling, a 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.