Composite Teeth Fillings

A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling.

There are many types of dental filling materials available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. You and your Boston Center for Oral Health dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth as each patient’s needs are different. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, making them especially practical for use in front teeth or more visible areas of your smile.

As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may eventually need to be replaced. However, they are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Reasons for getting composite fillings:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

What does getting a composite filling involve?

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment at Boston Center for Oral Health. While the tooth is numb, your Boston dentist will remove decay, as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay occurred near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be carefully placed, shaped and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when teeth fillings are first placed, but this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will help extend the lifespan of your new fillings.

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