A Composite Filling Is Used To Repair A Tooth To Its' Natural Function
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, or other dental trauma. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then the tooth is filled with a composite filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss and decide the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings and silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are therefore more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday have to be replaced. They are very durable and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful smile.
Reasons for composite fillings:
- Chipped teeth.
- Closing space between two teeth.
- Cracked or broken teeth.
- Decayed teeth.
- Worn teeth.
How are composite fillings placed?
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your 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 was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to cold when composite fillings are first placed, however 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 aid in the life of your new fillings.
Our accepted insurances include Delta Dental, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Guardian, and Aetna. Contact us if you have any questions or to discuss the option that will best fit your needs.
It is important to us to ensure the cost of your care is as stress-free as possible. We offer a variety of payment options to give you the flexibility to choose how to pay for your dental well-being. We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, Cash, Check, CareCredit, and Lending Club for payment methods.