A composite filling pretty much is a filling that is normal tooth colored and helps to repair a tooth that has otherwise undergone some type of trauma like fractures, decay or cracks, and the process essentially is the replacement of the small portion of the decayed or tainted tooth that is removed and then replaced with a composite filling that looks real.
There are several types of filling materials available to the public, so it is important to have the conversation about what your options are and what is best for your teeth. Composite fillings are amongst the most popular types of fillings used in today’s dental world, and they are capable of matching the natural tooth so closely that it is something that is useful for front and visible teeth that need reparation.
Like almost all other types of dental restoration concepts these composite fillings are not always going to last forever, so you should be aware that one day down the road the filling may need to be repaired.
Some reasons for getting composite fillings:
- Your tooth is chipped
- You have a gap in between your teeth
- Your tooth is broken/chipped
- Tooth decay
- Your teeth are worn out
How exactly are composite fillings implanted?
Composite fillings are usually a one-appointment procedure, and the first thing that usually happens in this procedure is that the tooth is numbed and the dentist then prepares the area where the filling is going to be placed. The composite filling is then place within the space as tightly and as compactly as humanly possible for the dentist to make it look as natural as a normal tooth so it has the same function and shape as a healthy tooth.
After the procedure you may be sensitive to hot and cold liquids and foods in your mouth, but this is only temporary.