All About Composite or Tooth Colored Dental 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.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. At our Bayside Dental Office, we can discuss and help you discover the best option for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or more visible areas of the mouth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
Why Do I Need Composite Fillings?
There are a number of reasons behind getting dental fillings, including:
With tooth-colored fillings, patients can correct these issues without compromising the look or comfort of their smile.
How Are Composite Fillings Placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as needed. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was 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.
Schedule an Appointment at Bayside Dental Office for a Filling!
From general dental care to advanced cosmetic treatments, Bruce M. Bieber, DDS offers patients a number of affordable dental treatments. Call our office in Bayside, NY today to schedule your consultation or make an appointment online here.