A composite filling is a restoration of your decayed or damaged tooth using a composite material to fill a damaged area. The composite itself can be made of several different materials, but is generally colored to match the tooth that it is being placed within. Composite fillings are a very good option for repairing cracked or severely decayed teeth, and are many times preferred over amalgam fillings due to the fact that they are more aesthetically pleasing and can be use for front teeth. The procedure involves the dentist removing the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth, then filling it with composite material.
Although composite fillings will last for many years with proper care and maintenance, they may need to be eventually replaced.
Composite fillings are used for:
- Teeth with chips.
- To fill gaps in between teeth.
- Broken and cracked teeth.
- Teeth with decay.
- Worn teeth.
Composite fillings are placed by:
Composite fillings are placed in the same way that amalgam fillings are placed. The area of the tooth to be filled is numbed then the decay or damage is removed by the dentist. If the decayed or damaged area is near a nerve additional numbing medication may be used. The area is then filled with composite material and then shaped for bite and function. The placing of a composite filling will generally take only one visit.
Proper care and maintenance can extend the lifespan of your composite fillings.