Composite fillings are used to repair teeth that are suffering from decay, fractures, cracks or other damage. This procedure removes the damaged or affected portion of the tooth and then fills the space with a composite material. To restore the tooth, there are many different types of materials available. The most commonly used material is a composite and tooth-colored substance. This composite material provides structure and support for the tooth while blending in with the natural tooth surface.
What Can Composite Fillings Fix?
Composite fillings can add strength and restore decaying or damaged teeth. A patient may need a composite filling if they have:
- Chipped teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Unnecessary space between two teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Opposition to other filling materials, such as silver mercury
The Composite Filling Process
Your dentist will be able to determine if you need a composite filling. During one appointment, your dentist will numb the tooth and remove any decay. Next, they will thoroughly clean the space that needs the filling. Once it is clean, the filling material is applied along with any special medication to treat the area if necessary. Your dentist will specially shape, place and polish the composite material to look and feel like your natural tooth.
After the simple procedure, your tooth may temporarily feel sensitive to hot or cold substances. This should fade away as you adjust to the new filling material. Once the procedure is complete, you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy, strong and beautiful tooth that completes your smile.