A composite or tooth colored filling is used when an old silver filling has to be replaced or even a damaged or destroyed teeth has to be fixed (including the ones that have been affected by fractures and cracks). The decayed portion of the tooth will be removed and replaced with the composite filling which looks very natural and will restore the teeth to its ideal health, strength and its original appearance.
As it is the case with majority of the dental restorations, the composite fillings are not always permanent and have to be replaced in future. The fillings are highly resilient and will last for many years with proper hygiene and care.
The reasons for getting composite fillings can be:
- Chipped tooth
- Closing spaces between the teeth
- Broken or cracked tooth
- Decayed tooth
- Worn tooth
- Replacing the old silver fillings
How are the composite fillings placed?
The composite fillings are normally placed in a single appointment. While the teeth are numb, the dentists will remove the decay from it as needed and required. The place will be methodically cleansed and will be carefully prepared for the new filling to be placed. If decay was near the nerve of the tooth, then special medication will be added for additional protection.
The composite filling will be precisely placed, shaped and polished which will restore your tooth to its former glory in terms of shape and function. It is common to experience sensitivity to cold and hot when composite fillings are primarily placed. The sensitivity will settle shortly after the teeth accommodates to its new filling.
You will be provided with detailed care instructions at the end of the treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, healthy eating habits and frequent visits to the dentists will help in increasing the life of your new composite fillings.
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