Composite and Amalgam Fillings

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.


Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most common filling materials used today.  Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and recommended for a better asthetic restoration, especially in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.


As with most dental restorations, composite and amalgam fillings may need to be replaced. While they are durable and are made to last, they can wear down, especially in higher contact areas, and need to be replaced or upgraded to a crown or inlay/onlay restoration. 


Reasons for needing a filling:

  • Decayed tooth

  • Worn tooth

  • Chipped tooth

  • Closing space between two teeth

  • Cracked or broken tooth


How are composite fillings placed?


Fillings are usually placed in one appointment.  While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary.  The area 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 should subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. If it does not, contact our office for further instruction.

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.

 

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