There are numerous sorts of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist at Crossroads Dental Wellness can discuss the suitable options for restoring your teeth.
A composite filling is a tooth-coloured plastic material, which is used to repair a tooth that has decay, deep grooves or fractures.
Composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used materials. Because composite fillings are tooth-coloured, they can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Also, due to the advanced technology of composites, they require very little space and because of this, they require very minimal, conservative preparation of the tooth. In this way, you keep a lot more of your natural tooth structure. As with silver amalgam restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may have to be replaced every so often. THEY are very durable MATERIALS, giving you a strong and stunning smile.
Composite fillings are placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will be meticulously cleaned and prepared before the new filling is placed. The composite filling will then be placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is common to experience sensitivity to cold temperature when composite fillings are first placed. This will subside after about a week as long as your teeth feel like they fit together evenly. A bite adjustment may be needed to ensure even pressure on the new filling. You will be given home care directions at the end of your treatment. Good oral hygiene, diet habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.