Composite Fillings Are One of the Best Solutions for Cavities
Posted on 6/21/2021 by Bryan Neu
When you have a small or medium-sized cavity, we usually fill it with a composite filling so your teeth will retain their natural appearance. The following information details why composite fillings are good solutions for filling cavities.
What Is a Composite Filling?
A tooth-colored filling also called a composite filling, is used to repair a tooth with a cavity, fracture, or crack. The damaged portion of the tooth is removed and filled with the composite material. Both silver amalgam fillings and composite fillings are used to fix cavities. For teeth at the front of the mouth, a composite filling allows a more natural solution for repair. The composite can be closely matched to the color of the adjacent teeth. Like most dental restorations, composite fillings must be replaced after about 10 to 15years due to general wear.
What Specific Reasons Do Patients Get Composite Fillings?
Patients get composite fillings to close a gap between teeth, repair chipped, cracked, broken teeth, or fill cavities. Composite fillings may also be used to improve the appearance of worn teeth.
How Are Composite Fillings Placed in a Tooth?
We usually can place composite fillings in one appointment. We will numb the filling site and remove the decay. We will thoroughly clean the space and prepare it for the new filling. If the decay is close to the tooth's nerve, we will apply a special medicine to ensure the tooth is protected and that any sensitivity is reduced. Afterward, we will place the filling, shape it, and polish it. You may experience some sensitivity to cold or hot temperatures when your composite filling is new. However, the sensitivity will soon fade once you get acclimated to having the restoration. Good oral hygiene practices and regular visits to our office will keep your filling intact.
Do you believe you have cavities that need to be filled? If so, contact us to schedule an appointment so you can have any damaged teeth repaired. Give us a call today for a check-up and exam.